Oct 03, 2021

 

Today marks 1 year from my date of surgery with Dr. Darido (8/13/20). I have waited a full year to write this review for others to better reflect on this review. I had a Sliding Hiatal Hernia with a fair amount of acid reflex that I battled for 10 plus years. I lost weight and changed my diet with not much success of getting rid of the reflux, it did help but no cure for a Hernia other than surgery. The acid reflux was causing my Asthma to be poorly controlled despite multiple medications given for Asthma. I can say that 1 year out from surgery my asthma is better and controlled with the same medications I was on 1 year ago, it definitely did not cure the Asthma but made a big quality of life improvement. I did and still do suffer from the LPR symptoms, and Dr. Darido could not promise the surgery would fix these issues, but the surgery definitely cured me of the heart burn symptoms. I am grateful for Dr. Darido and his ability to preform this surgery, Thank you Doc. If you have questions look me up on Facebook.

Jul 30, 2021

 

Muy buen doctor,exelente trato Tando el doctor como los q trabajan con el y en el hospital exelentes personas,tengo una semana q me hicieron mi cirujia y me siento exelente el doctor en todo momento me explico bien todo el procedimiento y los cuidados yo lo recomiendo realmente 👍

Jul 26, 2021

 

I am forever grateful for Dr. Darido! I had been told there was nothing that could be done for my gastroparesis. I traveled to Houston from Alabama. After all the necessary test Dr. Darido told me he could help me. I had a partial gastrectomy and 10 weeks later i feel like a new person! All my post op test are normal! This surgery changed my life! Thank you so much!

May 24, 2021

 

I first came to Dr. Darido’s office in late 2019 after having had acid reflux for 18 years and about 3 years since my PPI started to not work as well. We spoke about my reflux, my increased dosage and how I was now also taking prescription Pepcid to help control it. Dr. Darido explained the process and what tests and procedures were needed to get the best results. My wife and I are both PhD level scientists, so we had a lot of questions. Dr. Darido was able to handle all of them well and convince us that the surgery would be the best course going forward.

The pandemic hit not long after I had the first tests - endoscopy and manometry. I don’t have family nearby and needed help with my kids during recovery, but travel wasn’t really possible. I had to postpone the surgery. The office and I kept contact every so often until the vaccine became available. I got my upper GI in December 2020 and they worked with me on scheduling until after my family was all vaccinated and felt safe enough to travel to my house from out of state. By April 2021 I was back on the schedule and had the surgery. Dr. Darido even honored his old price quote despite me being the one that needed to postpone for a year.

The hospital experience was great and everyone made sure I was well taken care of during my overnight stay. Dr. Darido took plenty of time with me to go over surgical pictures and talk about the diet along with a hospital nutritionist. He had a lot of pictures and was very pleased with how the surgery went.

I wanted to wait until I was a bit into recovery to post a review, but as of now I’ve been 100% heartburn free for over 4 weeks. I’ve even eaten tomato sauce with no problems. Eating takes some getting used to as food can get “stuck” if you’re going too fast or not careful and cause pain until you’re body lets it pass into your stomach, but the recommendations given in Dr. Darido’s literature really help a lot to avoid this problem as long as you’re diligent. It has been happening less often and getting easier to eat each day even if I’m not as careful sometimes.

One other thing I will point out is that my kids brought home norovirus from daycare about a week after my surgery (my luck and it was prevalent enough in the area to make the local news). Despite my best efforts I got it about 10 days out. I preemptively took Zofran, but my body did attempt to vomit a few times in one sitting. It could not and everything held up just fine. What’s strange is that I still felt better afterward like if I had actually vomited. It didn’t happen again and I got over the illness in a couple days.

Overall I’m very happy with the results of the Nissen surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Darido and his office for your heartburn and reflux solution.

May 04, 2021

 

Dr. Darido is the best. I had been having heartburn issues for years. I started having problems that heartburn meds were no longer handling. I had every test possible done and it was determined that I had Barrett's esophagu and Hiatal Hernia. Since meds were no longer sufficing I had to do something. I am in Orlando, Fl. My GI doctor sent me to the surgeon who does the fundoplication surgery. I was given several options.. I felt the Nissen Fundoplication with Hiatal hernia repair was the best option, however the Orlando surgeon and I just didn't have a good match personality wise. I searched high and low online for best fundoplication surgeons and Houston Heartburn center came up often. I of course was hoping to have this done in Florida, but in all honesty just didn't find good reviews. Houston Heartburn Center has one great review after another. I decided to call Dr. Darido's office and schedule a consultation via phone. I am so glad I did. Dr. Darido is very good at making you feel comfortable. He answered all my questions and just took his time with me. I decided to pull the trigger and my husband and I flew to Houston. I had surgery March 4th. I stayed one day in hospital and stayed in Houston for 4 days after that. Dr. Darido gives you his personal number when you leave in case you have issues. I saw Dr. Darido before I left. Everything went well and I went home. Recovery for me was not fun and swallowing was painful but Dr. Darido encouraged me to be patient that it would all come back and be fine in 6 weeks. He was right. I was eating a regular diet 6/7 weeks after surgery and haven't looked back. His website says it all. He only does one thing and they do it right. I am glad for my decision to go to Houston even though staying in Florida would have been a whole lot easier. It was the best decision, period.

Apr 30, 2021

 

Dr. Darido and his staff are amazing. I am a totally different person after surgery. I CAN SLEEP!! Actually lying flat. I havent been able to do that for a very long, long time. I am so thankful I found Dr. Darido. His staff was do helpful as well. Dr. Darifo explained everything to me and gave me pictures of the procedure throughout the process.

Apr 26, 2021

 

This place changed my whole outlook on life and gave me hope. For years I have suffered with a hiatal hernia that was largely ignored by other doctors. Dr. Darido listens to his patients, so when I told him my acid reflux/hernia concerns & about the subsequent health issues I was experiencing as a result, he immediately offered to help me. His caring and professional attitude is second to none, and his staff are amazing. He has restored my hope that I will be able to enjoy the rest of my life without heartburn & reflux issues, and has helped me forge a new path to health & wellness. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Darido! He’s the best!

Feb 15, 2021

 

Had a rare condition that Dr. Darido was able to resolve with Heller myotomy and Nissen fundoplication.staff was awesome and always helpful. Highly recommend.

Feb 09, 2021

 

Dr. Darido has been an incredible blessing for me. I am 22 years old and have had heartburn, acid reflux, and regurgitation mildly for as long as I can remember, but in the last year and a half began experiencing, what I would describe as, severe reflux and regurgitation as well as difficulty breathing, and a feeling of great pressure on my chest and abdomen. I went to a surgeon in my area that performed an endoscopy and confirmed I had a pretty large hiatal hernia. He recommended surgery and offered me two options. One was the option of LINX, a new, experimental acid reflux treatment that has literally only been used for 7 years, meaning there is little data on its long term use, side effects, or effectiveness. The second was the tried and true method, Nissen Fundoplication, which, when, as Dr. Darido will tell you, performed by an experienced surgeon, is very successful. The problem was that I was given the impression that this surgeon was not very experienced and he didn’t seem very confident in the outcome of this procedure and listed a long list of potential side effects that were, what he considered, necessary trade offs. The surgeon informed me that I would be trading symptoms for other symptoms. I wasn’t comfortable with that and kept researching, and felt quite hopeless in the process.

After some time I came upon reviews for Dr. Darido and quickly came to realize that many of the side effects and horror stories I had read from others that had undergone Nissen Fundoplication were not actually side effects of the procedure itself, but of an inexperienced surgeon performing the procedure.

It was a relief to discover that Dr. Darido is in no way inexperienced and is very much at the top of his field in treating heartburn and the hiatal hernia. After my first phone consultation with him, I was sold. He knew what he was doing, was confident, and was incredibly reassuring.

Just a week ago I travelled from my home in the Austin, TX area to Houston and had the procedure with Dr. Darido, and let me tell you, it was the right decision. No more heartburn, acid reflux, regurgitation, pressure in my chest, or difficulty breathing. On top of that, I had none of the nasty side effects like difficulty swallowing or painful bloating that so many people have experienced after having the procedure with inexperienced surgeons.

I’m able to drink coffee now. As my esophagus heals from the surgery, I will be able to return to a normal diet within weeks. I’m already back at work a week later, and I feel so much better, despite some minor discomfort in my shoulders that should subside soon that is simply from the Co2 that they use in order to get a good view of the space in your abdomen they are working in.

I say all of this to hopefully help those of you in the scary and seemingly hopeless place I was in only months ago. Go with Dr. Darido. I highly encourage you to not settle for someone that isn’t experienced with this procedure simply because they’re right down the road or cheaper. This surgery is a big deal, and if done right, can give you your life back. Dr. Darido does it right. I can’t recommend him enough. Bring your anxious journey with heartburn to an end and give Dr. Darido’s office a call. He will not disappoint.

Thank you, Dr. Darido. You really have given me my life back, and for that, I can’t thank you enough. God bless you and your team.

UPDATE: 3 months later and I am able to eat and drink whatever I want. I’ve had no heartburn and no complications from the surgery. I yawn a lot because I think my diaphragm is still getting used to the mesh, but that’s literally the only thing I can think of that I’m still experiencing (and I was experiencing the yawning and labored breathing way worse when my stomach was in my chest, so, this is nothing compared to that). If you need this operation, I can’t encourage you to have it done by Dr. Darido enough. It has relieved me of so much suffering.

Nov 28, 2020

 

I flew in from across the country to have surgery with Dr Darido after doing a lot of research. Everything went smoothly, even during covid. I had testing and the surgery the same week and flew home a week after (although I think I would've been fine to leave after four days).

My gi dr had recommended the linx surgery if I had it done locally because his patients were having too many side effects and complications with the Nissen procedure locally. I chose not to have the Linx done because I work in the medical device field and any mechanical implant will fail at some point. I'm in my 30s and did not want to guarantee myself another surgery, best case scenario, down the road.

I'm 2.5 weeks out and feel totally normal at this point other than the diet. I walked 4 miles a couple days ago. When I've had any questions Dr. Darido has responded right away and seems to really care that his patients have a good outcome. Interestingly enough, besides taking care of my reflux and eliminating all the proton pump inhibitor side effects, I've stopped having migraines and my nose has cleared up.

Oct 15, 2020

 

(Translated by Google) Today and always I will be grateful to Dr. Elias Darido for having changed my life after suffering the horrible reflux for 20 years. For all these years I attended to various specialists to have a solution for my problem that was getting worse and worse, and none of them could help me. I asked them if they could operate on my hiatal hernia and they said they couldn't do it because it was a very difficult and very dangerous surgery. I believed them but, in all these years my problem got worse and worse. I began to have strong allergies and they became more and more frequent, until I began to have several episodes of asthma. Therefore, every time they gave me more medication, such as antibiotics, even steroids or cortizone, which is the same. And they gave me that with injection and pills. I started to gain weight, even if I ate healthy and low-fat foods, I kept getting fatter. In fact, my stomach became very large due to so much medication that it was already affecting some internal organs of my body, each time it caused me discomfort when eating or drinking something. And it was that my reflux was worse every day, and my allergies and more frequent sinus infections continued, phlegm that was not removed with anything, my throat was always irritated, my ears were also irritated and I always felt burning and itching. Sometimes I woke up in the early morning almost drowning, because the acid in my stomach flowed freely up my esophagus to my throat and higher. At one point in my life I fell into depression because I did not know what else to do, until one day on a Hispanic radio station I heard that they announced Dr. Elias Darido from Reflux center and immediately called. I made an appointment and after that date I was happy because I felt that he would really help me. So it was! Dr. Elias Darido recommended a surgery called Nissen Fundoplication, and gave me instructions that I immediately followed to the letter for my preparation. On September 24th this procedure was performed, and today I have been in recovery for three weeks. Everything went very well and the reflux symptoms disappeared immediately. I have lost 55 pounds during preparation and after my surgery, and now I can sleep with only one pillow, I can wear clothes that I like, and I can eat spicy and caffeine without feeling discomfort of pain and inflammation. I really feel very good! AND TODAY I WANT TO THANK GOD FOR PLACING ME IN THE HANDS OF DR. ELIAS DARIDO AND HIS STAFF IN OFFICE AND HOSPITAL. THEY HELPED ME, TREATED ME AND TAKEN VERY CARE OF ME! ALL VERY KIND AND ALWAYS ANSWERED MY QUESTIONS. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DR. ELIAS DARIDO! CALL! MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT! THEY WILL NOT REPENT FOR MAKING THE DECISION TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND LIVE WITHOUT REFLUX. THERE'S A SOLUTION. THANK YOU DR. ELIAS DARIDO, I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO YOU AND YOUR STAFF. GOD BLESS YOU TODAY AND ALWAYS. THANKS! THANKS! THANKS!! ??

(Original)
Hoy y siempre estare agradecida con Dr. Elias Darido por haberme cambiado la vida despues de padecer por 20 años el horrible reflujo. Por todos estos años yo me atendi con varios especialistas para tener una solución para mi problema que cada vez se hacia peor, y ninguno de ellos pudo ayudarme. Yo les preguntaba si podrian operarme la hernia hiatal y decian que no podian hacerlo porque era una cirugia muy dificil y muy peligrosa. Yo les creí pero, en todos estos años mi problema se hacia cada vez peor. Comenze a tener fuertes alergias y cada vez se hacian mas frecuentes, hasta que comenze a tener varios episodios de asma. Por lo cual, cada vez me daban mas medicamento, como antibioticos incluso esteroides o cortizona que es lo mismo. Y eso me lo administraban con inyección y pastillas. Comenze a subir de peso, aunque comiera alimentos sanos y bajos en grasa, yo seguia engordando. De hecho mi estómago se hiso muy grande por tanto medicamento que ya me estaba afectando a algunos organos internos de mi cuerpo, cada vez me causaba incomodidad al comer o tomar algo. Y era que mi reflujo ya estaba peor cada dia, y continuaban mis alergias e infecciones de sinusitis mas frecuentes, flemas que no se quitaban con nada, mi garganta siempre estaba irritada, mis oidos también estaban irritados y siempre sentia ardor y comezon. En ocasiones me despertaba en la madrugada casi ahogandome, porque el acido de mi estomago subia libremente por mi esofago hasta mi garganta y mas arriba. En un momento de mi vida caí en depresión porque no sabia que mas hacer, hasta que un dia en una estación de radio hispana escuche que anunciaban al Dr. Elias Darido de Reflux center y de inmediato llamé. Hice una cita y después de esa cita sali feliz porque senti que el me ayudaria de verdad. Y asi fue! El Dr Elias Darido recomendo una cirugía llamada Funduplicatura de Nissen, y me dio instrucciones que yo inmediatamente segui al pie de la letra para mi preparación. El dia 24 de septiembre me fue realizado este procedimiento, y hoy ya tengo tres semanas que estoy en recuperación. Todo salio muy bien y los síntomas de reflujo desaparecieron de inmediato. He perdido 55 libras durante la preparación y despues de mi cirugía, y ahora puedo dormir con una sola almohada, me puedo poner ropa que me gusta, ya puedo comer picante y cafeina sin sentir molestias de dolor e inflamacion. De verdad me siento muy bien! Y HOY QUIERO AGRADECER A DIOS POR PONERME EN MANOS DEL DR. ELIAS DARIDO Y DE SU PERSONAL EN OFICINA Y HOSPITAL. ME AYUDARON, ME ATENDIERON Y CUIDARON MUCHÍSIMO! TODOS MUY AMABLES Y SIEMPRE CONTESTARON MIS DUDAS. RECOMIENDO ALTAMENTE AL DR. ELIAS DARIDO! LLAMEN! HAGAN SU CITA! NO SE ARREPENTIRAN DE TOMAR LA DESICION DE CAMBIAR SU VIDA Y VIVIR SIN REFLUJO. HAY SOLUCION. GRACIAS DR. ELIAS DARIDO, ESTOY MUY AGRADECIDA CON USTED Y SU PERSONAL. DIOS LOS BENDIGA HOY Y SIEMPRE. GRACIAS! GRACIAS! GRACIAS!! ??

Oct 10, 2020

 

Dr. Darido has been an incredible blessing for me. I am 22 years old and have had heartburn, acid reflux, and regurgitation mildly for as long as I can remember, but in the last year and a half began experiencing, what I would describe as, severe reflux and regurgitation as well as difficulty breathing, and a feeling of great pressure on my chest and abdomen. I went to a surgeon in my area that performed an endoscopy and confirmed I had a pretty large hiatal hernia. He recommended surgery and offered me two options. One was the option of LINX, a new, experimental acid reflux treatment that has literally only been used for 7 years, meaning there is little data on its long term use, side effects, or effectiveness. The second was the tried and true method, Nissen Fundoplication, which, when, as Dr. Darido will tell you, performed by an experienced surgeon, is very successful. The problem was that I was given the impression that this surgeon was not very experienced and he didn’t seem very confident in the outcome of this procedure and listed a long list of potential side effects that were, what he considered, necessary trade offs. The surgeon informed me that I would be trading symptoms for other symptoms. I wasn’t comfortable with that and kept researching, and felt quite hopeless in the process.

After some time I came upon reviews for Dr. Darido and quickly came to realize that many of the side effects and horror stories I had read from others that had undergone Nissen Fundoplication were not actually side effects of the procedure itself, but of an inexperienced surgeon performing the procedure.

It was a relief to discover that Dr. Darido is in no way inexperienced and is very much at the top of his field in treating heartburn and the hiatal hernia. After my first phone consultation with him, I was sold. He knew what he was doing, was confident, and was incredibly reassuring.

Just a week ago I travelled from my home in the Austin, TX area to Houston and had the procedure with Dr. Darido, and let me tell you, it was the right decision. No more heartburn, acid reflux, regurgitation, pressure in my chest, or difficulty breathing. On top of that, I had none of the nasty side effects like difficulty swallowing or painful bloating that so many people have experienced after having the procedure with inexperienced surgeons.

I’m able to drink coffee now. As my esophagus heals from the surgery, I will be able to return to a normal diet within weeks. I’m already back at work a week later, and I feel so much better, despite some minor discomfort in my shoulders that should subside soon that is simply from the Co2 that they use in order to get a good view of the space in your abdomen they are working in.

I say all of this to hopefully help those of you in the scary and seemingly hopeless place I was in only months ago. Go with Dr. Darido. I highly encourage you to not settle for someone that isn’t experienced with this procedure simply because they’re right down the road or cheaper. This surgery is a big deal, and if done right, can give you your life back. Dr. Darido does it right. I can’t recommend him enough. Bring your anxious journey with heartburn to an end and give Dr. Darido’s office a call. He will not disappoint.

Thank you, Dr. Darido. You really have given me my life back, and for that, I can’t thank you enough. God bless you and your team.

Sep 22, 2020

 

I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Darido and his team! From my first consultation to post-op, they made the entire process an absolute breeze and were there every step of the way. One of the things that sets Dr. Darido apart from others is the ability to contact him directly with questions. He’s quick to respond, very involved and overall a very knowledgeable doctor. Thank you, Dr. Darido, for all that you do!

Sep 17, 2020

 

Dr. Darido is a very good surgeon. He was willing to actually FIX my hiatal hernia and I'm no longer in frequent pain. I have been able to eat a completely normal diet including coffee and spicy food with no issues.

Jul 18, 2020

 

I am one week post op and wanted to take a minute to thank Dr. Darido and staff for all of their help to get through the procedure. Honestly this was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. I have been suffering from complications of unmanaged acid reflux for years. The only thing my doctor and Gastroenterologist would do was change my meds which would work for awhile and then back to the constant pain and discomfort. By the time I got to Dr. Darido my quality of life was deteriorating. In constant discomfort, coughing, regurgitating, losing sleep, etc. One week out of surgery no acid reflux symptoms at all, recovery is better than expected. Dr. Darido, his staff and First Surgical Center made it almost too easy. Don’t wait like I did, until I had severe damage to my esophagus, if you have complications from acid reflux I encourage you to call.

Jun 30, 2020

 

Dr Darido has been very helpful and informative with my somewhat difficult case. Don’t be like me and go to other doctors who are pushing new “advancements” in reflux treatment that can cause more harm than good.

I don’t have insurance he covers but he is working with me on the prices of tests and treatments needed to help get me back on the right track.

If you want someone who knows their stuff, come see Dr Darido and his friendly staff at Houston heartburn and reflux.

Mar 10, 2020

 

1 year out from Nissen Fundoplication. Had horrible acid reflux that was starting to damage my esophagus and a hiatal hernia. No more symptoms, my eating is better and have lost weight even though this was a side effect and not the reason for the procedure, but I'll take it. The hospital they use was amazing, everything was taken care of when I had the procedure. Extremely happy with the results and especially with proactively protecting myself from possible esophageal cancer from the constant damage to the tissue from the acid reflux. Great place and great group of people. The insurance lady, Isabel I believe, was very helpful and thorough.

Jan 17, 2020

 

2016- 21 years old Hiatial Hernia, Nissen fundoplication, severe acid reflux, vomiting of bile, stomach pain, etc. Dr. Darido and his team did a great job, recovery process was quicker than expected, a textbook surgery is what I would call it. 5 stars.

Jan 13, 2020

 

Thanks to Dr. Darido! No more heartburn he knows exactly what he’s doing successful surgery been suffering from acid reflux over 12 years. Now feeling way better one year after surgery. No more heartburn. God bless this talented doctor the best! Great customer service!

Jan 03, 2020

 

I am very happy with surgery outcome. I suffered from heartburn and asthma for many years. After Nissen fundoplication all my symptoms dissapeared
I highly recommend Dr Darido and houston heartburn