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I am writing this to find out the following:

1.)     Any information on surgery to prevent reflux esophagitis.

2.)     The name(s) of a doctor(s) who specialize in such surgery.

3.)     Information on reflux esophagitis which leads to cancer.

My boyfriend, age 34 and otherwise in good health, was diagnosed with
reflux esophagitis and a hiatal hernia about 2 years ago.  At that time he
saw a gastroenterologist and has tried acid controllers (Mylanta,
Tagamet), as well as a restricted diet and raising the head of his bed.  
These treatments were not effective and because the damage was
worsening, he opted for a surgical repair 3 months ago.  He was told
there were two repair techniques that could fix the problem; a Nissen
wrap and a "Hill Repair".  He opted for the "Hill Repair". He recovered
very well from the surgery itself but the pain he had originally is worse
and in addition he now has trouble swallowing (including saliva).

The doctor now wants to do an endoscopy and has also informed him
that a biopsy might be necessary if he has a pre-cancerous condition
which he called "Barrett's Syndrome". If he can't avoid having reflux will
he necessarily get cancer?

Basically, if anyone has any information on what he should do now, I'd
appreciate it.


Wed, 11 Oct 1995 07:49:51 GMT
Please post your results, a close friend has this condition and
has asked these same questions.

Sat, 14 Oct 1995 04:33:49 GMT
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