the saga continues

Blog Post created by jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 on Jul 14, 2016

I drove an hour each way to see my gastroenterologist about my Barrett's Esophagus.

The most shocking thing he asked at the beginning of our appointment was, do you want me to set up a meeting with a surgeon to remove your esophagus?


This is after 2 years of treatments.

Smoking is a major contributor to gerd/acid reflux and I probably had it before I quit smoking but didn't realize it or know the damage it could do.

Evidently, the high grade dysplasia is pretty much gone except for one area that they have treated but the treatments created scar tissue and even though there is no hi grade dysplasia on the surface, it is beneath the scarring.

It's a problem because most of the work has been cutting out the bad areas with the reasoning that there is brand new mucosa    whereas, with the burning (ablation) they have to treat in layers and segments because of the intense discomfort after the treatments.

I highly suggest you quit smoking now and save what health you can.