May 23, 2023
I am now just over 18 weeks post-surgery having had a Hiatal Hernia / Nissen Fundoplication Procedure performed in January 2023 by Dr. Elias Darido of the Houston Heartburn and Reflux Center. Surgery was performed at the First Surgical Hospital Facility in Houston.
I am a 55 year old male, reside in Houston, Texas and began experiencing acid reflux related symptoms in 2016 with the primary symptoms being throat clearing, cough and occasional burning throat. I only exhibited very occasional heartburn. Laterally, symptoms in Q3/Q4 2022 included significant bloating and belching.
I took PPI’s and other OTC medication on an as-needed basis until circa 2021-2022 when they were required/taken on an almost daily basis. Late 2021, I decided to seek out a longer term surgical solution.
I found Dr. Elias Darido through the Houston Heartburn and Reflux Center Website and scheduled an initial consultation late 2021. Through a series of consultations, discussions and evaluations the results confirmed GERD along with a hiatal hernia and I was confirmed by Dr. Darido as a candidate for surgery and a Hiatal Hernia / Nissen Fundoplication Procedure was recommended. The details of the procedure were very clearly explained and all my questions at that time were very clearly answered.
It is very clear from the moment you meet Dr. Darido that he is highly knowledgeable, passionate and an expert in this subject area of reflux related treatment/surgery. He is a highly confident individual which in my case, translated to an increased confidence from myself to proceed with Houston Heartburn and Reflux Center and Dr. Darido.
My surgery took place January 2023 at the First Surgical Hospital Facility in Houston and involved a 1 night stay. The procedure, care and attention was incredibly professional and re-assuring and my recovery steps since surgery have gone exactly as Dr. Darido had predicted.
I resumed coffee after 6 weeks and have been taking on a daily basis without significant issue. I have also drank red wine on occasion after 6 weeks without any significant issues. Also, no PPI’s or OTC antacids have been taken since prior to surgery.
It’s now over 18 weeks since surgery and on occasion I have felt what feels like lite heartburn sometimes in my chest area. I have conveyed this recently to Dr. Darido who is very confident that GERD is not the cause. I will meet with Dr. Darido in-person to discuss this in the near future and as necessary, evaluate further.
My throat feels well, I have little to no coughing, no bloating, no major burping and no belching. Belching during exercise was common for me prior to surgery. I also now do not have the need to constantly clear my throat like I had to do before.
I will update this review after I next meet with Dr. Darido. In the interim, if you have similar GERD/reflux issues and seeking an alternative solution to PPI’s or OTC antacids, then from my personal experience and interaction to date, I would highly recommend you to meet and discuss your options with Dr. Darido. You will find an individual who is extremely confident in his knowledge and ability (but not arrogant), and at the same time genuinely interested in helping his patients find a long term surgical solution. Also, any surgery is a big decision and a personal choice to be fully evaluated.
Sincerest thanks and gratitude again to Dr. Darido, his staff and all the staff at First Surgical Hospital Facility in Houston.
May 16, 2023
I am truly grateful for the exceptional care my mother received from Dr. Darido and his entire team at Houston Heartburn and Reflux. Thanks to their expertise, her heartburn and reflux symptoms have significantly improved. I would highly recommend this clinic to anyone seeking specialized care for similar concerns.
May 15, 2023
I had been having reflux symptoms that were getting worse for a while and am glad to have found Dr. Darido especially since I am located in Vancouver, Canada. No pill had worked well, and it was time for a proper diagnosis plus the necessary procedure.
I was able to do the tests on Tuesday and had the necessary Nissen fundoplication surgery on Thursday. The entire process was smooth and I was informed fully every step of the way including after the surgery. The hospital stay was pleasant and I felt well taken care of. Dr. Darido has been thorough, professional, and thoughtful throughout.
It's been 10 days since the surgery and I haven't had any symptom yet. I hope this continues. The recovery has been going as expected. I highly recommend Dr. Darido to anyone who's looking for a permanent solution to their reflux problems!
Apr 09, 2023
I’ve waited four years to write this review of Dr. Elias Darido. Simply put, he saved my life! For the last four years I’ve been reflux free. Dr. Darido is the leading expert in his field. I was terrified when I first went to his office, but he made me feel at ease with his sensitivity and knowledge. I thank the Good Lord for guiding me to Dr. Darido. I highly recommend him to everyone.
Mar 27, 2023
Hello Dr. Darido. Thank you again for identifying and curing my stage 4 GERD with the Nissen Fundoplication and hernia repair. Your approach cured me of 10+ years of suffering from heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and severe nighttime reflux episodes to the point of choking, followed by 4 days of coughing up nasty mucus. It is such a relief to be able to go to bed without prepping my side table with a bottle of TUMS, Pepto Bismol, Alka Seltzer and pantoprazole. The best part is the peace of mind that my sleep will no longer be interrupted with severe reflux episodes. I can now sleep on my back! Had I known about your surgical procedure years ago, I might have saved my tooth enamel!! I am 1.5 weeks post-op and feeling fantastic!
Feb 19, 2023
i had my procedure done 3 months ago and I couldn't be happier!!! I have had heartburn since 1986. I have seen several drs/ gastroenterologists and they always just prescribe me medicines. Medicines that are harmful for you when used for extended periods. Dr Darido is a blessing. He gets down to business. He runs tests and if necessary will re-run the test to be positive. He fixed my hiatal hernia and performed a Nissen fundoplication. Dr Darido is full of knowledge and can help you! If you are ready to get rid of your heartburn and digestive issues then Dr Darido is the dr for you!!! I can't believe it took so long to find a dr who was willing to actually fix the problem rather than just patch it with medications!!! No need to search any further this is the dr for you!!!! Thank you Dr Darido!!!!!
Feb 12, 2023
It's been 10 days since my fundoplication surgery, I have to start saying that Dr Darido and his staff are very friendly, he gave me his personal cell phone number and answer every time I texted him right away, which is something that I really appreciate. Since I've been dealing with GERD, I've also been dealing with OCD, which made very anxioys about the surgery, recovery hasn't been fun. I was very, very scared because the first two days after surgery, I experienced a lot of belching and also had to clear my throat constantly, that
made me very anxious since I didn't know if that was going to cause migration, slippage or something bad to the surgery (fundoplication and mesh /hiatal hernia. I was also concerned since they had told me at the hospital that I was going to have an upper gi before I left to make sure nothing moved, but Doctor said he was pretty confident procedure was a success and didn't do it. I trust Dr Darido but I don't know how normal it is to still belching after 10 days. I think that even though Doctor was very very patient, I eventually annoyed him with my
texts so I won't bother him again and I'll just wait and try to have an exam with my Doctor in Brownsville. I hope nothing bad happened after my procedure but only the test will tell. I will do an update on a couple of months. (The reason why I was concerned about my belching if that I read in Dr Darido's website that excessive belching can indicate a failure wrap.
Feb 06, 2023
Came in on a liquid diet due to a malfunctioning Linx device. Dr. Darido was able to see me the day that I called and since I had already had recent testing, I was able to be scheduled that week for a conversion to fundoplication. Everyone from Houston Heartburn to the hospital staff where the procedure was performed was very efficient and professional.
I’m not recovered yet, but I’m off pain medication and already in a better place than when I came in. Will update in the future.
Nov 02, 2022
I had nausea, vomiting, severe bloating, heartburn etc. for years, I was diagnosed with gastroparesis. I saw about the procedure Dr. Darido has on a Facebook group for gastroparesis sufferers. I called and set up a virtual appointment, talked with him about everything going on and we got my surgery scheduled. I am 2 weeks postop tomorrow! I feel great! No more gastroparesis symptoms or heartburn at all!! His staff is wonderful and so helpful. Dr. Darido is a wonderful, caring doctor unlike most other doctors I’ve seen. He has given me my quality of life back and it feels amazing! I can’t thank him enough for what he has done for me!
Nov 02, 2022
Dr. Darido and his staff are extremely professional. The office is clean and welcoming.
Oct 21, 2022
I want to start by saying, I struggled with Gastroparesis and GERD for what seemed like forever. It was terrible everyday vommiting, nausea, bloating, pain. It made life miserable and I was at my end. I saw a review on Dr. Darido and decided to investigate further. I quickly realized the incredible talents of this man. I setup a consultation, had all my records faxed, and within a 2 weeks was scheduled for surgery. I had his novel procedure Antrum perserving longitudinal gastrectomy done as well as a Hiatal Hernia repair. I no longer struggle with gastroparesis, and my stomach emptying has normalized. He saved my life. If you struggle with gastroparesis don’t think its over! Dr. Darido can help you! He was bery caring after the procedure and has checked on me almost daily. This man is a blessing!
Oct 03, 2022
I am 1.5 weeks post-op from a Nissen Fundoplication and hernia repair with Dr. Darido. My case was very unique in that I was likely born with a damaged LES and though we began searching for answers when I was very young as I was already experiencing symptoms, but no doctor prior to Dr. Darido was able to identify the root issue. After over 20 years of stomach pain, acid reflux, heartburn, regurgitation, and bloating I am beyond grateful to begin this new chapter healed. My recovery has been less grueling than anticipated thanks to his skill and work. I cannot recommend him enough. He took the time to really listen to my experience and was equally as dedicated as me as we searched for the answers. I am eternally grateful and hope others who are experiencing pain find resolution with Dr. Darido as I did.
Sep 07, 2022
I had a 10 cm hiatal hernia, severe GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and was in constant pain for many years. It did not matter what I ate or didn't eat or what medications I was on. I had burning pain and unbearable bloating day in and day out. My symptoms got progressively worse as time went on. If you want your pain and suffering to stop because of hiatal hernia and/or GERD then you need to see Dr. Darido. He is highly skilled when it comes to Nissen Fundoplication Surgery. If I had to do this surgery again, I would do it in a heart beat and with Dr. Darido.
Aug 26, 2022
Excellent service and staff. Dr. Darido provides very hands on and personal care.
Jul 29, 2022
Having heartburns and acid reflux is not fun and that make me decided to visit an specialist and mr darido is a very good doctor i am now a new person i do not have anymore heartburns. I am very happy with the work that he do… 100% satisfied.
Jul 29, 2022
Dr. Darido saved my life. I have severe gastroparesis and have struggled with extreme bloating/stomach distention, pain, nausea with vomiting, unable to eat... this was what I dealt with every day... it wasn’t a life, it was a struggle to live. Dr Darido performed a specialized surgical technique That he created specifically for those with gastroparesis. My stomach is no longer distended, no nausea or vomiting, and I can actually eat!!! For the first time in a long time I am excited for what the future brings!
Jun 13, 2022
I’m very thankful he change my life. The acid reflux was horrible I couldn’t sleep. After hAving surgery now I can eat and work normal. I can now enjoy the time with my family. God bless you dr.Darido
May 27, 2022
Absolutely wonderful! I had a nissen procedure quite a few years ago. Other doctors wouldn't even give me an appointment. Not only did Dr. Darido give me an appointment but he fixed my hernia and performed a gastric sleeve! The office staff is friendly and extremely helpful.
Mar 23, 2022
My daughter was diagnosed with Gastroparieses she was very sick, lost weight couldn’t keep her food down had nausea and vomiting ended up in the ER quite a few times from dehydration of not being able to keep her liquids and food down . I was devastated my daughter was very sick. I’ved known of Dr. Dorido but in my desperation of seeing my daughters so sick I didn’t think of him until one of my coworkers reminded me of him. I talked to him and he saw my daughter knew what she was going through right away and did the required test she needed and then proceeded with the surgery. Thank God my daughter is feeling better! Still recuperating but she’s a lot better than she was, now she’s able to eat and keep her food down a little at a time but she’s keeping it down. I recommend Dr. Dorido he is a specialist in his field great GI doctor and most importantly he cares for his patients.
Feb 22, 2022
Today marks 1.5 years from my date of surgery with Dr. Darido 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.