The Reflux Fix


FOR THE CHRISTMAS DISPLAY. AFTER THE NEW YEAR, THEY ARE LIKELY REPLACE THE STOLEN STATUE. NEW TONIGHT, HEART BURN DURING THE HOLIDAYS, SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE IT, INCLUDING OUR OWN DR. MAX GOMEZ. BUT A PROCEDURE MAY PERMANENTLY CURE YOU. DR.MAX GOMEZ WENT UNDER THE KNIFE FOR THE REFLUX FIX. Reporter: FROM THE TURKEY TO THE MASHED POTATOES AND GRAVY, FOR ME, THANKSGIVING DINNER CAN BE HARD TO SWALLOW. THIS GRINDING, BURNING PAIN IN MY CHEST. Reporter: IT’S SERIOUS DISCOMFORT AFTER EATING THAT I HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCE FOR DECADES, AND I’M FAR FROM ALONE. AS MANY AS 7 MILLION PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED BY THE ACID REFLUX OR GERD. IT’S AN ACID PRODUCED IN YOUR STOMACH THAT IS MAKING ITS WAY UP INTO THE ESOPHAGUS. Reporter: IN MY CASE, IT WAS SO SIGNIFICANT. AREA SHOULD GO UP, BUT IT’S HANGING DOWN. Reporter: THE ACID WAS TRAVELING INTO MY THROAT, CAUSING A GROWTH ON MY VOCAL CORDS. WE SEE PEOPLE WITH HORSENESS, POSTNASAL DRIP, CHRONIC SWALLOWING. I HAVE BEEN ON THE MEDICINES OF THE WORLD, AND ON TOP OF THAT, I TAKE EITHER PEPCIZ OR ZANTAC. SINCE MEDICATIONS FAILED, MY SURGEON DECIDED TO TAKE THE NEXT BIG STEP. Reporter: THIS IS KIND OF MY LAST BEST HOPE AS IT WERE? I WOULD AGREE WITH THAT. Reporter: FUNDOPLICATION SURGERY. YOU’RE TAKING THE TOP OF THE STOMAS, THE FUNGUS AND WRAPPING IT AROUND. TIGHT ENOUGH WE HOPE IT WILL PREVENT THE REFLUX FROM OCCURRING. Reporter: HERE I AM READY TO UNDERGO THE SURGERY. THROUGH FIVE SMALL INCISIONS HE MANEUVERS THE STOMACH INTO PLACE. Reporter: CAN I GO BACK TO EATING CHILI PEPPERS AND TACOS? NOT RIGHT AWAY. Reporter: I EAT NORMALLY, BUT I GET FULL EASILY IT TOOK A FEW WEEKS TO GO FROM LIQUIDS TO

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