I spent weeks looking for the best surgeon in the US for reflux treatment and surgery. This included looking very carefully at profiles and reviews for every relevant doctor in the top-rated GI clinics such as John Hopkins and Cleveland Clinic. I even when so far as to set up a profile with Mayo Clinic’s main campus. I was lucky enough to have insurance that would go anywhere, and so I was determined to find the very best specialist in the U.S. I’m happy to say that without a doubt I did find the best specialist and surgeon in the U.S. for reflux treatment and surgery. Getting the best surgeon is really important for heartburn surgery. Studies show that surgeons make a much higher number of mistakes the first 20-30 times they perform the procedure, and many routinely wrap the fundus too tight so that large percentages of their patients can’t swallow. This never happens with Dr. Darido’s patients. If you study a lot, you will see that the literature is full of references to injured livers, injured aortas, injured spleens, perforated stomachs, and so on, in association with this procedure. There are also too many cases of a totally failed procedure in which the wrap comes undone, slips out of place, or migrates upwards and herniates through the diaphragm. Chronic reflux is not something to fool around with. Unless properly treated it can, and sometime does, progress to a very deadly form of cancer. Surgery is not always necessary, but when it is necessary Nissen Fundoplication is the unquestioned gold standard for resolving the problem. Dr. Darido “lives and breathes” the reflux fundoplication procedure.
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Hi Dr. Darido
Hope you are keeping well. It’s been several weeks now since the Nissen procedure you performed on me just before Christmas. Everything is going great and I am back eating most foods. I still have to be careful with sticky breads and not quite ready to enjoy a steak yet! Carbonated drinks are also still off the menu as these blow me up (only small burps so no beer yet!)
I can still only manage fairly small meals as I fill up quickly. My weight has dropped to 190lb so about a 20lb loss since before the procedure. The weight loss leveled off after about 4 weeks following the procedure and has been fairly steady the past few weeks. I am back to normal activity levels and doing my favorite sport, Rowing. Overall I feel great and GERD symptoms have gone for the most part. The heartburn and cough symptoms have gone completely but occasionally I can be awakened by slight regurgitation during the night. This has happened maybe 4 or 5 times since the procedure. There is no heartburn or discomfort when this happens so I am thinking this could be due to my inability to have a good old burp and maybe food is still digesting while laid down causing a bit of gas build up? It’s not like before when the acid would burn. There is no more burning feeling at all and I am not concerned by it.
Houston heartburn and acid reflux experts cured my Acid Reflux. I am a 41 year- old male and was suffering with severe GERD symptoms. I was taking a high dose of PPI medications yet my symptoms were still not controlled and I was also suffering side effects of taking the PPI’s. It was time to find a GERD expert who could really help with this worsening condition. After searching for acid reflux specialists in the Houston area I came across Houston Heartburn and reflux Center where I made an appointment to see Dr. Elias Darido. During my appointments with Dr. Darido he always listened carefully to what I had to say and spent time to thoroughly explain the options available to me including testing, lifestyle changes, medications and surgical procedures for GERD. I had already made lifestyle changes (changing diet, eating times, etc) and I was on a high dose of PPI’s so I was considering surgery. Dr. Darido performed several thorough tests to ensure I was a good candidate for successful surgery and concluded a Nissen Fundoplication procedure was the way to go. I had the surgery 12/22/14 with no problems and was back home after a couple of days. I was back at work after a couple of weeks and back on a relatively normal diet after about 6 weeks. I feel great and very pleased with the results.
I started having persistent pain about 3 years ago in my upper stomach area. My primary care physician diagnosed me with acid reflux problem. I was placed on Aciphex. This helped some, however my symptoms were still occurring. As I changed my insurance the Aciphex was too expensive. I was then put on Protonix. This too was not effective. I always thought I had good eating habits. After closer examination I realized I was eating too much at one sitting. It wasn’t until I changed completely the way I ate and how much, that I saw immediate results. I now eat three meals a day, however in small quantities. I cut my portions in half! No fried food and only occasional dining out. I cannot believe how good I feel. I am medication free! I still remember the pain. I defiantly can do without that in my life. Lifestyle changes are difficult as we are creatures of habit. Thank you Dr. Darido for your encouragement and good advice. Nothing is more important than our health.