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For those who visit this forum fearful of Barrett's, I thought I'd share my story. I had silent reflux and it was found accidentally after I started bleeding from a large hiatal hernia. My hemoglobin was down to 6.1. After two blood transfusions and an iron infusion, I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy. The diagnosis was Barrett's with high grade dysplasia. In fact, they found a few pre-cancerous cells.
I was referred to a GI specialist at a nearby teaching hospital and when he did an endoscopy, he removed the dysplasia. Three months later I had a Nissen fundoplication and hernia surgery. The recovery from that has been relatively easy.
In another three months, I had a cryoablation. The GI doctor thought he might have to do two procedures but luckily the first one removed all the Barrett's.
I've had two endoscopies with biopsies at three month intervals since then and both have shown no Barrett's and no cancer.
I'm now scheduled for followups every six months.
I know how easy it is to feel overwhelmed after a diagnosis of Barrett's but please know that with a good GI doctor, this conditon is manageable.
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