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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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How to treat severe acid reflux?

I have acid reflux, and I've had it for four years. I started taking Nexium but wasn't helping me. They prescribed Lansoprozole 30 mg. I've been taking that pill for three years, and it's been about five months that I stopped eating fatty foods, spicy foods, whole milk, anything that contains tomatoes, coffee, and my favorite food chocolate. I've always been a size 4 or 5, I'm now wearing a size 2. I still suffer from acid reflux, it's not as bad though. But my question is will I always have acid reflux? My gastroenterologist said I'm a candidate for surgery. If I have this surgery will my acid reflux stop. I will no longer have pain in my throat and my lymph notes won't be swollen and I won't have that burning sensation on my throat and ears? And will I be able to eat the foods that make me sick now?
Fri, 7 Mar 2014
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Thank you for the query.

From your description you are a candidate for surgery indeed. And yes, this may set you free from all your symptoms. This surgery is called a fundoplication and in most cases it gives instant relief.
But before this procedure, you need to have gastroscopy to make sure that there is no inflammation or cancer. You should also have 24 hours esophageal pH monitoring.
The surgery is done with laparoscopy so you should get well soon after it.

Hope this will help.
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