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I to have had the same issues for years also my dr also suggest surgery but I have put that off for three years now. There are several surgeries available check them out carefully have you tried all the medications out there ? Some work better on some people than others
Omeprazole Prilosec®*, Losec®*, Omesec®*
Omeprazole with sodium bicarbonate Zegerid®*
Lansoprazole Prevacid®*
Pantoprazole Protonix®
Rabeprazole Aciphex®
Esomeprazole Nexium®

Most PPIs work equally as well as each other to prevent heartburn.
PPIs of prescription and over-the-counter strength seem to work equally well to prevent heartburn and let the esophagus heal.
Taking a small dose (amount) of a PPI may work as well as a larger dose in some cases.
Taking a PPI every day seems to work better than taking it only when you have symptoms.
PPIs may help cough but not hoarseness caused by GERD, although there is not enough research to know this for sure.
As for procedures
In a fundoplication, the top part of your stomach is wrapped around the bottom of your esophagus and attached there.
This helps strengthen the muscle at the bottom of your esophagus that closes to keep food and acid from coming back up.
The surgeon may be able to do the surgery with a tool called a “laparoscope” (pronounced LAH-pruh-skohp). A laparoscope is a thin tube with a tiny camera that the surgeon puts through small cuts in your belly along with other small tools to do the surgery.
It usually takes less time to recover from surgery with a laporascope than if the surgeon has to make a large cut in your belly to do the surgery.
There are two types of surgery: total fundoplication and partial fundoplication.
Endoscopic (pronounced en-doh-SKAHP-ik) treatments help strengthen the muscle that keeps food and acid from going up into your esophagus. These treatments are not considered surgery because no cuts are made in your belly. Instead, a doctor puts a thin tube called an endoscope through your mouth and down your esophagus to do the treatment.

Three types of endoscopic treatments are EndoCinch™, Stretta®, and EsophyX™. These treatments are very new and are not as common as medicines or surgery to treat GERD. People receiving one of these treatments may be in a study to see how well it works.
The LINX Reflux Management System is used for treating GERD when medication no longer provides adequate symptom control. The LINX System is another option to the standard surgery for GERD, such as Nissen fundoplication. The LINX System is:

Less invasive. Placement of the LINX System does not involve significant alterations to anatomy that may limit future treatment options. With the Nissen fundoplication, the top part of the stomach is wrapped around the lower esophagus to improve the reflux barrier.
Removable. If needed, the LINX System can be removed during a laparoscopic procedure similar to the implant procedure. Removal of the device generally leaves the esophagus the same as before the implant.
Well-tolerated. After surgery, patients usually go home the same day or the next day. Patients are able to eat a normal diet after surgery. With Nissen fundoplication, patients are restricted to a liquid diet that is slowly advanced over weeks to normal food.

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