Originally Posted by lvandert
It was called a Nissic (not sure how you spell it but thats how it sounds Nes-sick) procedure. Its a liposcopric surgery (only make 5 small incisions on the belly and work with cameras and such). What they do it take that extra bit of stomach (the part off to the side that produces the most acid) and wrap it around the tube where it enters the stomach. The LES (its a flap that allows things to come up from the stomach- air food acid) is what is the actual problem and this reinforces it so it works a lot better, along with shutting down the most acid producing part of your stomach.
If his stomach has herniated his diaphragm (come up through the part of the diaphragm that holds it down-from too much vomiting) then they'll staple that back together, which takes up to 5 years to fully heal. During which time you cannot dry heave otherwise you'll tear the staples out.
My bf was in bad shape though. He was on the strongest antacids they had at the time and the doctors told him if he didn't get this surgery all that acid was sure to cause some form of cancer in his esophagus in the next 5 years (that'd be before he was 30 non the less). He also couldn't drink milk, pop, juice of any kind, alcohol, anything slightly spicy, fresh fruit (he'd have an apple occasionally but that still gave him problems) and a bunch of other things I can't remember at the moment. He also developed anemia and an iron deficiency.
If your bf feels really really sick try eating celery, or eat it pre-emptively to acidic foods. It so alkaline it counteracts the acid. During the end there thats the only way we could get him out of the anemia. He had to eat a stick of celery before everything but it really helped.
Thanks! I'll talk to him more about it. He isn't that bad, we can drink beer and he drinks orange juice (bc he thinks drinking water and eating celery is a waste of time bc there is no nutritional value
) But he often lays in bed unable to sleep because of the acid and he always complains about it, he takes a couple Zantac pills a day and tums. The zantac isn't the best thing he can take but he's convinced its the only thing that works (and his dad buys them in NS and mails them down, so I think he's afraid of losing that free deal if he switches)
Also, I think bats are adorable. We have them here but not in the city. One was hanging outside a Zellers store once and it freaked people out.