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Quote Alemap Replybullet Posted: 11 Feb 2007 at 5:36pm
Hi, thanks for the response.   The operation is called "fundoplication" where the top part of the stomach is wrapped around the oesophagus and stitched in place.  I would be interested to know how you have got on with it if this is the same surgery.  How quickly does the hearburn cease?  Any complications?
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Quote REFLUXER Replybullet Posted: 12 Feb 2007 at 8:51am
Yes this is the surgery I have had, unfortunately for me it has not worked and within 3 weeks of the operation I had the reflux and heartburn back. On the second Endoscopy to see if the wrap had come undone they told me I have baretts, I am just about to go to my doctors to get the results although they already told me that the wrap was still in place, which is bitter sweet news for me.. You may be one of the 75% where it will work, I really hope so. Would you mind telling me more about yourself and how long you have suffered and maybe even your age, I am 56, and have suffered now for just over two years, although have always suffered indigestion problems for as long as I can remember.. Dont worry about the op, i was back at work after two weeks.
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Quote Graham Replybullet Posted: 14 Feb 2007 at 2:02pm

Hello People

 

Very recently I have been diagnosed with Barrett’s following a biopsy taken last month via an endoscopy examination.  I have a 30 year plus medical history of gastric problems and to include oesophageal reflux. Over the years I have had 3 surgical procedures performed to resolve my gastric problems, Pyloric Dilation & Vagotomy, Gastroenterostomy & Vagotomy and not forgetting Angelchik prosthesis fitted to my oesophagus at the cardiac end (stomach).

 

I have also been put on drugs such as Tagamet and Zantac….neither the drugs or surgical procedures really worked. In fact I felt worse after the surgery. Since being diagnosed with Barrett’s I have been put on Omeprazole, and I must admit I feel much better now than I have done for a long time, yet I still get gastric reflux. Personally I think most of my gastric problems where caused by the volume of surgery I have had, that is my opinion and perhaps not shared by health professionals.

 

To conclude, I think Omeprazole does a good job.



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Quote Alemap Replybullet Posted: 23 Feb 2007 at 5:04pm
Hello, thanks for that.  I am 54 years old, female, and have been on medication for reflux for the past 14 years.  I have taken 30mg of Lansoprazole for many years but that was increased to 60mg (one morning and one night).  I underwent a two year clinical study the condition was first diagnosed after having the scope which showed that I have Barett's, a hiatus hernia along with the severe reflux.  I have been having scopes ever since and have had about 16 altogether.  I am now to have them about every 18months to make sure the Barret's cells don't "change".
 
After all these years of taking tablets and pushing more and more Gaviscon down my throat through the night, I made enquiries about the surgery and am now on the list.  I have been reassured that I could be a lot better afterwards, though not to expect perfect!  I recently underwent a ph test, where I had a tube down through one nostril into the stomach for 24 hours, to check acid levels prior to having the surgery.  Not pleasant but certainly not painful. 
 
I am tired of sitting in meetings (part of my job) and "growling" after I have anything to eat or drink.  Water gives me hiccups! By the end of the day I often feel quite bloated in the upper chest as I tend to hold my breath to try and stop myself growling.  It isn't too bad when I am with people I know but it is embarrasing when among strangers.
 
I am sorry your surgery didn't work out.  Is there any more that can be done or are you back on t he pills.
 
 
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Quote blessedtobehere Replybullet Posted: 25 Feb 2007 at 12:28am
hello,
my name is wilma and i had acid reflux since chldhood and tried all the usual remedies fom chemist then for many years prescribed various tablets to no avail. I knew something more serious was going on and fond out about barretts on the internet and persuadd my doctor to send me for a scope. I didnt have sedation (yuck) and was told i had barretts with high grade dysplasia and they took biopsies.my medication was changed to proton pump inhibitors which helped a little but with a hiatus hernia i was still struggling with bile and eventually serious chest pains and acid which felt as though someone had poisened me...i would dance with the pain. as i was on surveillance endoscopies i had another scope one year later and this showed cancer cells.
Everything happened very quickly and i had to go for more scopes..EUS and Zillix then Cat Scan and fine needle biopsy. I was then told my best chance would be surgery. This all seemed to be happening very fast and when the oncology nurse specialist explained what to expect it all hit me and i couldnt stop shaking as my husband was asking what it would be like for my family.
I had an oesophago-gastrectomy (removal of most of the gullet and most of the stomach) on November 10th 2005 and i can only say it was the most horrific thing. surgery took 9hrs and the whole experience was very painful and I lost almost 5 stone in weight. eating is a problem now and i have to eat very small amounts and eat all through the day to maintain my weight. I am still off work as i have had some complications which means i still take morphine tablets (oxycontin and oxynorm) as well as amitryptaline and also acid prevention treatment. I can remember the first time i saw the scars and felt so ugly. i have  a rooftop incision on my abdomen and also one from just under my right breast an around to my back and up to my shoulder.
it is a difficult operation and recovery is slow but i can do most things and lets face it......at least I am here.Would i recommend surgery? absolutely! hard going and you will need support from everyone for several weeks and be off work for months. i am fortunate to have a lot of christian friends and workmates at Wesley Owen Books and Music store who have helped me in a million ways (thanks you guys). there is support on line at lots of places. all the best. from a scottish lady (49yrs yesterday)
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Quote Davidj Replybullet Posted: 06 Mar 2007 at 12:15pm
Smile Hi Wilma
I had surgery 3 years last September and I can only say things do get better, I was lucky, thank God, that I was picked up early, Barrett's being the early warning system.  I enjoy a full life and now can manage a nearly full small dinner, if I don't have starters etc. and come back for pudding an hour later.  I am now doing all the things I did before, except I have to rest for an hour after eating anything more than a snack, and I feel uncomfortable bending down, but I cycle and have just come back from a weeks skiing, and I am back at work full time.  So my message is that surgery doesn't have to meen the end of all activities it just meens that we have to adapt a little.  Good luck.
I also urge everyone to join us at the AGM if you can, there will be some very interesting speakers and if we can save anyone from having to go through surgery then it will be well worth the effort.
 
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Quote Gerry Replybullet Posted: 17 Mar 2007 at 10:42pm
Yes, I have had surgery (oesophagectomy) for Barrett's 5 years ago and I am absolutely fine. If you want to talk my number is 01264 359648
 
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Quote Alemap Replybullet Posted: 05 May 2007 at 6:09pm
Hello Everyone
 
I now have a date for my surgery - 17 May 2007.  I have to phone on the morning of the admittance to check there is still a bed for me as the hospital take emergencies so cannot guarantee a bed.  I hope it all goes ahead as it would be quite difficult to cope with the let down.
 
I am to have the Nissen Fundoplication where the top of the stomach will be wrapped around the oesophagus.  There is a site on t'Internet that show the operation and I made the silly mistake of taking a peep!  Yuck. 
 
Once it has been done and I am fighting fit again I shall let you all know what the results are like.
 
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Quote Alemap Replybullet Posted: 05 May 2007 at 6:09pm
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Quote REFLUXER Replybullet Posted: 07 May 2007 at 11:02am
hi, so you have your date for surgery. I wish you all the luck in the world, if you remember mine hasnot worked.
This does not mean yours will not. Im still in the throws of whether it has come undone or not, one says it has one says it hasnt. But either way, its not working.
No one seems to be mentioning this baretts to me. I am waiting for a follow up appointment from the last barium exray, which was 11th April.. Take their time dont they.
And whats in stall for me i dont know. I cant seem to stop this blessed reflux no matter what i do, but the heartburn has been relieved slightly with the drugs.
Yes I am back on all the drugs., all of them.
As I said dont worry about the op, discomfort for a few days only. my op on monday, home by wednesday. But all he things they told me to expect, like not being able to swallow lumpy food, belch, etc, has not happened. the only thing ive noticed is i cant eat as much, therefore i have lost weight, but also I keep having diaroeah from the drugs and thats also contributing to the weight loss.
Hope all goes well.
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