weak esophageal sphincter

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hi i being dealing with gerd/lpr for about 8months. medicine don't help for the reflux. i had a esophageal memometry done yesterday. and they said i have a weak lower esophael sphincter. i am scare that the doctor will say surgery, but i guess this is only way to fix this sphincter. had anyone had this test done what were your results? can we streghten the les without surgery?

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    You can get esophageal valvuloplasty to fix the sphincter. It doesn't change your anatomy like the nissen does

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      i had bad lpr and reflux. i was sick for 2 yrs. Then i got a nissen fundoplication surgery and it almost killed me. Nissen doesn't work and can be life threatening surgery. I was sick like a dog with the nissen for over a year. Then I found Cardio Thoracic surgeon. Dr Farid Gharagozloo who took my nissen down. Put my anatomy back the way it was and fixed my LES sphincter with EV. You can google esophageal Valvuloplasty. There is a group on FB you can join to get more info. It's called Nissen Alternative/Esophageal Valvuloplasty. There are others who had EV and doing well. I can eat, burp and throw up when I want. I had the. surgery almost a year ago. I would do it again.

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      How long was the recovery and was it painful? can you eat everything now or you still have to be on a low acid diet? sorry for too many question and just want to get information before deciding to do the surgery. what were your symptoms before you had any surgery?

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      i can eat pretty much every but i eat soft food because I am still healing my esophagus from all the past acid damage. i don't take any ppi.

      my esophagus was on bad shape before surgery. Recovery is 8 to 10 days if you have is laparoscopic

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    I would be careful about what having operation for this they don't work or fail to work after a short time from what I've seen on here and my doctor said they don't like yo do this op in the UK

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