Posted by Ken K
on August 18, 2000 at 02:21:04:
In Reply to: Surgery for GERD? posted by Candace on August 11, 2000 at 01:11:48:
: I have read in some of the previous posts that there is a surgery to treat GERD? What is it. I have had this for about 8 years and it drives me crazy--there isn't much I can eat anymore without getting it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Candace, be comforted in that you are not alone. Some say 2-7% of the population has GERD.
As for treatment, there are a number of surgeries. The standard surgery is called a Nissen Fundoplication. It entails taking your stomach and wrapping it around your esophagus and ligating (tying)it to secure its position around your esophagus. The comparison of surgery to chronic pharmacologic therapy is poor.
I would suggest forgoing the surgery and just take Prilosec 20mg once per day for the rest of your life. It is a safe and effective way of eliminating your symptoms. It is the gold standard in pharmacologic therapy for GERD. It shuts off the acid in your stomach and no other medication has been proven superior. Furthermore, some individuals have been taking Prilosec for 12 years with no adverse effects.
Make sure your doc prescribes Prilosec and not Prevacid or any other proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Your doc may also try to prescribe zantac, pepcid . . . This would be a big mistake because these products are sub-therapeutic for you condition.
I hope this helps, be well.