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“Nexium, Omeprazole, Aciphex, Zegerid - I tried them all. For the last 15 years of my life, I was dependent on some sort of “stomach medicine” for my frequent heartburn. However, over the previous 6 months, the symptoms had gotten much worse.
As a Nurse Practitioner, I knew that being on such medications as I was on for this long was not good. In addition, I knew what I would have done for my patients had they been in the same situation as me; I would have sent them to a Gastroenterologist. Contrary to my medical practice, I tried to remedy my problems on my own. My changed eating habits, weight loss, sleeping on with the head of the bed elevated, avoiding triggers like chocolate, alcohol, and offending foods were all done in vain, as my “frequent heartburn” slowly turned into a major problem. I developed hoarseness, chronic coughing, and severe night symptoms - mainly reflux from my stomach into my mouth. After some convincing from my wife and some trusted friends in my local medical community, I began searching for a Gastroenterologist to refer myself to. After reading about the Gastro Clinic and the Lafayette General Endoscopy Center, I decided that this was the right choice. After further research, I found that all of the providers at the Gastro Clinic were exceptional, and I chose Dr. Karr as my provider.
My first visit at the Clinic was great. Dr. Karr’s nurse, Leslie, was so personable and friendly. Dr. Karr was great as well. He didn’t use medical jargon, but rather spoke to me as a person and not a patient - he never looked at the computer while I was in the room! More importantly to me, he didn’t assume that I knew anything at all about my condition just because I was a provider. He educated me and spent time with me to talk about options. One of the options that he thought would be the best for me was STRETTA. He provided me with educational material and encouraged me to read about it and study it. I’m so glad I did!
My STRETTA was done on 12/31/2015. The best thing about the procedure aside from the outcome was the convenience of the center. I literally walked in, sat down for a few moments, was escorted to my bed, and prepared for the procedure. The staff was wonderful, the view from the room through the large window was a relaxing way to wait for anesthesia, and I didn’t have to change into a hospital gown or anything - I even kept my shoes on! I experienced only a little bit of discomfort after the procedure for maybe 24 hours - mainly if I drank or ate too quickly. I followed the instructions regarding my use of my PPI until my follow up with Dr. Karr. For the first time in 15 years, I am not relying on Omeprazole or Nexium or the like. I am in the process of weaning off of these medications and using OTC medications to help do this. I hope that in the next few months, I’ll be off of all stomach medications.
It’s so nice to lie down at night and not worry that I’ll wake up with reflux. I’m very thankful for the care given by Dr. Karr and his team. I would recommend the Gastro Clinic and Dr. Karr to anyone; in fact, I have recommended him to a few of my own patients!”
- Wayne Bertrand, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC