Bravo capsule study

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Hi all just wanted some advice, I had a bravo capsule study which showed high acid content , it also showed a vital hernia 41-43cm my question is, is this a large sized hernia or a normal sort of size ? 

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Nathan 

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    Hi Nathan in regards to your hernia question about the size that is a pretty decent size hernia. I know I had the Bravo done as well on me to see how much acid I was getting and I was getting a significant amount. I had a procedure done called the Linx procedure and it is a surgical procedure done that goes around your lower esophageal sphincter. My reflux cut back a lot after the procedure however I was still getting reflux and it was due to the hernia itself. They went back in repair the hernia I have not had reflux since. So yes that hernia you have is a pretty decent size one.
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      Hi Jason thanks for the reply , what does a Linx procedure involve? Are there any after effects and how did they repair your hernia and again any side effects ? 

      Cheers Nathan 

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      It was all done nhs.  Even though they do offer it to people it is not yet being covered through insurances.  The DR I see was given the authority to do up to 2000 procedures to see what the success rate is.  If enough people were have success with the surgery they will eventually cover it but the testing and surgery itself was all paid for.  Not everyone will qualify because you do have to go through the pretesting with requires a scoping to be done as well as the Bravo test.  I was one of the people that qualified for it.  My mother who went in for the testing did not qualify for it.  She had to get another procedure done.
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      Hi again I’m seeing the consultant today at St Albans city hospital , I’m a  27 year old male have had reflux all my life including stomach ulcers and now a hernia has appeared, if I suggest it what do you think the likelyhood of getting it done on the nhs is. I’ve had a bravo done but not sure what a scope is ? 

      Cheers Nathan 

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      To be honest Nathan I am not sure what your chances are.  Since I had mine done in the states I can't say for sure on the nhs.  A scoping is an endoscopy when they scope the interior of the esophagus as well as seeing how well the lower esophageal sphincter is working.  It is a very simple procedure and only takes about 15 to 20 mins to do and your knocked out the entire time.  My issue was that my sphincter wasn't working correctly.  The job of the sphincter is to keep food down in the stomach as it passed through, however mine was remaining open which is why no matter what I ate or drank I would get sever acid reflux.  And by all means if you have any other questions or anyone else reading this has questions please don't hesitate to ask.  I have done lots of research on the matter and no longer have to live with being in pain and taking meds.

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      I’ll keep you updated with what the consultant says, if I get the go ahead. I’d like to learn more about the after math of having it done ! 
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    The procedure is very simple itself. They make five or six small incisions in your stomach area and I will say probably the worst part of the surgery is afterward because it hurts to breathe a little bit your chest is sore in your shoulders are sore because they have to fill you with air in order to do the procedure. That uncomfort lasts about 3 to 5 days and a week at the most but after that it's a breeze. The procedure and device worked from day one so after I woke up I was able to eat stuff that I haven't eaten in years but you just have to eat and small bites and chew very thoroughly at first. As for the hernia they just use the same incisions they use before to fix the hernia so what is all involved with a hernia surgery and not really sure but it seems pretty simple. I know in the UK this procedure isn't really available but I know here in the United States there are only certain parts of the country that offer this procedure in any certain doctors that are familiar with it

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      Hi Jason the consultant visit went very well ! She recommended the fundoplication but before I could mention Linx , she said they also offer that, but would have to be done in London which isn’t a problem for me as it’s only 25 mins away! She’s now referred me to a surgeon to discuss it further!! 

      So all good news at the moment 

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      Hi. I don5 mean to be intruding on yr conversation.

      Im suffering with simillar if not the same as u.

      I am yet to have more tests done to get some diagnosis as so far only have suspisions and really have to push doctors to help.

      I would really value yr experience with yr condition and also yr upcoming operation. Im in the UK too and not far from u.

      Thank u.

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      Glad your finding the need to push the doctors Kat, I’m the same, they don’t seem interested other than prescribing PPI.
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      I think as soon as you get the diognosis they will start taking you seriously they didn’t take me seriously till they found something wrong !
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      Many if them didnt seem to be bothered that my issue started suddenly and still not gone.

      I was perfectly healthy person until then.

      Doctor literally didnt know i existed.

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      If ure ok with it pls stay in touch with us and share yr story. Im sure ure excited there is an end to yr issue coming.
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      I had an endoscopy last March which showed grade a esophagusitus / reflux and a 2cm Hiatal Hernia.  I was given PPI for two month and when I told the doctor the PPI did nothing to help I was told to just get by with Gaviscon. Not helpful at all !
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