Randy: 13 years of Severe Nighttime Reflux
“I’d do it again in a minute, I really would… the results have been beyond what I expected.”
Randy struggled with GERD for more than 12 years. Regular heartburn and acid reflux would affect him at night, interrupting his sleep. He had to take medications daily and control what he ate just to prevent food from regurgitating back into his mouth. Randy had to take Prilosec every day to try to control his symptoms.
While struggling with heartburn, Randy would often wake up in the middle of the night after throwing up in his mouth. He would then have trouble sleeping due to severe heartburn and intestinal discomfort. In an effort to control his heartburn and get some sleep, Randy would wake up in the middle of the night to drink a mixture of water and baking soda. He dealt with this for years as he put off the idea of surgery.
Like many, Randy considered surgery to be dangerous and complicated. After meeting with Dr. Bagnato he discovered the cause of his reflux was a hiatal hernia and that his reflux could be corrected in a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. Within days Randy was moving about as normal, and within just a few weeks he was able to eat spicy foods that he had avoided for years.