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Patient Credits Heartburn Treatment Center For Saving His Life

“I would not be alive if it weren’t for Dr. Dill finding and repairing the hole in my esophagus from my achalasia.”

Diagnosis: Achalasia
Procedure: Heller Myotomy
Procedure Date: September 12th 2014

Success Story Benefits

  • No longer has to sleep sitting up!
  • Has more energy!
  • Feels like he has a second chance at life!

Matias, Matt, decided to come in and see Dr. Dill in June of 2014. He was waking up in the middle of the night and was complaining of regular regurgitation. No longer was Matt able to work out and play with his children the way he used too. Matt had low energy from not being able to sleep comfortable at night due to the heartburn and it was beginning to take a toll on his professional and personal life. The first symptoms first showed up two years ago for Matt. “I started noticing something was wrong when I was struggling to keep food down. I went to see my gastrointestinal doctor to find a solution to my problem.” After visiting his doctor he was prescribed Dexilant to tolerate his symptoms. “After eight months I stopped taking my Dexilant. I felt no different.” Months went by with his disease getting progressively worse.

Finally, Matt was talking to a friend who convinced him to go see Dr. Dill to be properly diagnosed. He even went as far as putting in Matt’s online inquiry for him! The first time Matt met Dr. Dill she ordered him to have a Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), ambulatory pH monitoring study, and a high resolution esophageal manometry study performed. After personally looking into his esophagus Dr. Dill diagnosed Matt with achalasia and noticed a hole progressively getting larger in his esophagus. After consulting with Dr. Patel they decided that the best procedure would be a Heller Myotomy. Discovering the hole in his esophagus was the wakeup call Matt needed to finally commit to a long term treatment solution. Matt had his procedure performed on September 12th, 2014 and was released from the hospital the same day. “I’m alive because of the surgery. I was considering the Linx procedure and at the time also moving to Colorado. Once I realized I had something seriously wrong I knew I had to stay.”

Matt is now able to do all the things he didn’t have the energy for before the procedure. Matt says that, “I am now able to sleep through the night without having to wake up and regurgitate. My life has dramatically improved after having acid reflux surgery performed. I am so happy to be able to keep up with my kids, work out, and drink lots of water.” Matt describes the staff at The Heartburn Treatment Center of South Texas as “Intense! Dr. Dill was very thorough and I am glad that I had such a smart surgeon that was able to properly diagnose and treat me.” Matt has been a great patient for Dr. Dill who is always happy to see him and the progress he is making in his everyday life. Matt continues to proclaim, “I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for the surgery!”

“Dr. Dill and the Staff at The Heartburn Treatment Center of South Texas helped save my life!”