Personal stories about medications and surgery to treat GERD
These stories are based on information gathered from health
professionals and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health
Carlos, age 43: I finally decided to see my
doctor about my heartburn. She discovered I have a hiatal hernia and told me I
could take some medication and control my heartburn or have surgery that might
eliminate it. I am really not very excited by the thought of having surgery. I
suppose it is safe enough, but I just don't like the idea. I am going to lose
some weight and eat right. Hopefully, these changes along with the use of
medications will control my heartburn.
Maria, age 28: I was glad to learn that my
chest pain was heartburn. I thought I was having a heart attack. My doctor said
I could treat the heartburn with medications or surgery. He said if I took
medications, I would have to take them every day for the rest of my life. On
the other hand, he said that surgery had a good chance of eliminating the
problem, or at least the worst of it. I tried some medications and they seemed
to work all right, but I wasn't really satisfied with the results. So I decided
to have the surgery. Now I hope I will be able to get on with my life and not
be bothered by this quite so much.
Antoine, age 40: My heartburn was really bad.
I tried everything. First it was antacids and other medications I bought at the
drugstore. That didn't help, so I saw my doctor. He wrote me a prescription for
stronger medications than I could get in the drugstore. That helped some, but
not enough. So my doctor suggested I could consider having surgery and, after
thinking about it, I agreed.
Susan, age 50: I decided to take medications
for my heartburn instead of having surgery. It's not so much that I am afraid
of surgery, but I really don't have the time to take off right now. Taking a
pill every day is not that big a deal. If it works, great! If I am not
satisfied with the effectiveness of the medications, I figure I can always
choose to have the surgery later.
Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
March 31, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 31, 2008
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