Why Test for Gastroparesis Before Antireflux Surgery?

Why Test for Gastroparesis Before Antireflux Surgery?

We started testing for gastroparesis before any antireflux surgery and have been surprised at the number of patients that have delayed gastric emptying, but do not have typical gastroparesis symptoms (ie nausea, vomiting). There have been a few studies recently published that show how antireflux surgery can break down faster if gastroparesis is present. If […]

How Experienced Is Your GERD Surgeon?

I saw a post on Facebook of a patient who had surgery a year ago and has had problems swallowing since then (dysphagia). For this patient, it is causing awful chest pains, excessive weight loss, and overall worse quality of life than before surgery. She stated she wished she never had surgery and just lived […]

6 Weeks After LINX Surgery and Doing Great!

Dr Bell will be 6 weeks out from his LINX tomorrow and is doing great! He is back to exercising and feeling so much better without reflux. Will occasionally have some discomfort if he eats too fast, but able to eat what he wants. Many thanks to Dr Lipham and his team!

Week 3 After the LINX Procedure and Still No Reflux

Things are going well for Dr Bell at week 3 after his LINX surgery. No reflux, no regurgitation. He still has to take small bites and chew well, but can eat anything he wants. He will occasionally have soda water as he finds this helps push things down. He has some mild pressure over his […]

2 Weeks After LINX Surgery and Dr Bell is Going On a Bike Ride

Overall things are going well after Dr. Bell’s LINX surgery for reflux. Has been back to work for 10 days, energy level good- even up for a bike ride. He will need a little time to build up stamina, however, he is looking forward to biking without regurgitating. Given the size of the hiatal hernia, […]

Dr Bell’s Before and After LINX Surgery Pictures

Here are the pictures of before the LINX was placed, and after the LINX was placed for Dr Bell. Update: He had chicken pot pie with toasted bread tonight for dinner. Still small bites and chewing well, but no problems swallowing and NO reflux!

Dr Bell has LINX Surgery for Reflux

Dr Bell has suffered from reflux for about 15 years. More recently, his symptoms were progressing despite being on Nexium. He also developed throat clearing despite being on the Nexium. When considering surgical options, he wanted to proceed with the LINX reflux management system. He reviewed his test results with Dr John Lipham at USC […]

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know: Esophageal cancer is a devastating disease with an 80% 5-year mortality. The incidence of esophageal cancer has increased over 600% in the past 25 years, and shows no signs of slowing. Patients with Barrett’s esophagus have a risk of developing esophageal cancer similar to the risk of lung cancer in tobacco smokers. […]

Device for Gastroparesis Treatment

Kim suffers from terrible gastroparesis. Nausea was her worst symptom. In January of 2013, she came to see Dr Bell. He discussed the Enterra neurostimulator with her and she wanted to see if it would help her. She states she now has her life back. she has done great with very little nausea for 2 […]

September is Barrett’s Esophagus Month at Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery

The physicians at often treat a condition called Barrett’s Esophagus. Many patients have questions about this complex condition. During September we are going to discuss Barrett’s Esophagus as a disease and what treatment options are available. To begin, Barrett’s Esophagus (also known as BE) is condition affecting the lining of the esophagus (the pipe that […]

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