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Doctor insights on: Esophageal Sphincter Repair

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Will burned esophageal lining repair?

Will burned esophageal lining repair?

Esophageal burn: Depends on the cause of the burn. Acid from reflux usually heals with medication but sometimes the cells change from chronic damage to form barrett's esophagus. Thermal burns usually heal well. Caustic burns such as in lye ingestion can cause scarring and stricture and in some cases lead to esophageal cancer years later. ...Read more

Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more


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What causes lower esophageal sphincter relaxation failure?

What causes lower esophageal sphincter relaxation failure?

Good question: Your question is a bit confusing. If you me what causes the les not to relax, this would be a neuromuscular disease called achalasia or perhaps chagas disease. If you are asking what makes the les relax too much, leading to gerd, that would be spicy foods, caffeine, nicotine, chocolate, peppermint, alcohol, some medications, tomatoes and their sauces as well as others. ...Read more

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Will a lax esophageal sphincter heal in time?

Will a lax esophageal sphincter heal in time?

Lax LES: Try to avoid foods that can decrease LES pressure such as chocolate, coffee, tea, peppermint, fatty foods. Alcohol and tobacco can also lower LES pressure. Also avoid lying down with a full stomach. If nothing helps, there are surgical techniques that can work ...Read more

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Tracheo-oesophageal fistula and oesophageal atresia hereditary?

Tracheo-oesophageal fistula and oesophageal atresia hereditary?

Not usually: Esophageal atresia with or with out fistula is usually sporadic. There area a few cases ( and i mean very few) in the literature where a parent had ea-tef and had a child with same. It is reportable. ...Read more

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Sphincter of ode after gall bladder surgery?

Sphincter of ode after gall bladder surgery?

Please Clarify: The sphincter of oddi is a normal anatomic structure at the point where the bile duct enters the intestine (see duodenal papilla on pic above). Dysfunction of the sphincter, though very rare, can simulate gallbladder-type pain & is a possible explanation for ongoing pain despite gb removal. This can be diagnosed by endoscopic testing & treated by cutting the sphincter. ...Read more

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How to heal lower esophageal sphincter naturally?

How to heal lower esophageal sphincter naturally?

Generally doesn't: In general, gerd is a chronic condition that does not heal or get "cured" by medications. Depending on consultation with your family physician and referral to specialists, they will work with you to decide best course of treatment. If nothing else is done, gerd (symptomatic acid reflux) will require life long medication to alleviate/treat symptoms. http://goo.gl/0rrqv. ...Read more

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How to repair ileocecal valve dysfunction?

How to repair ileocecal valve dysfunction?

Abdominal surgeon: An abdominal surgeon is best qualified to answer your question. There may be such surgeons who have more experience in the problem, so you should inquire first before making an appointment. ...Read more

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How effective is surgery in fixing gastro esophageal reflux disease?

How effective is surgery in fixing gastro esophageal reflux disease?

Surgery for GERD: In 2008, a british study conducted by grant compared surgery vs medical therapy in patients with gerd. The investigators reported that by 12 months, 38% of those who had surgery were taking reflux medication, compared with 90% of those on medical management. Long-term results of antireflux surgery have shown that, at 10 years, 90% of patients are symptom-free and only a minority still take meds. ...Read more

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Hiatal hernia repair with linx device, how likely will the hernia reoccur?

Hiatal hernia repair with linx device, how likely  will the hernia reoccur?

Risk with new device: Surgery, inherently has risk. The risk/benefit analysis where you compare your risk without surgery to the risk of your procedure/surgeon combination is how you decide if you want to proceed with surgery. The linx device has an excellent profile. Stay in contact with your surgeon and report any new symptoms. Be well. ...Read more

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Is balloon dilation of the lower esophageal sphincter painful?

Could be: Dilation is a controlled tear. Some patients do experience chest pain after a dilation. Severe pain is worrisome for too large a tear or perforation of the esopaghus. ...Read more

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Is diaphragmatic hernia surgery/diaphragm hole repair an outpatient surgery?

Is diaphragmatic hernia surgery/diaphragm hole repair an outpatient surgery?

Maybe: If you have a simple sliding hiatal hernia repaired laparoscopically you can frequently be discharged the same day. If you have a more complex paraesophageal or foramen of bochdalek hernia expect to be admitted to the hospital. ...Read more

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Hiatus hernia repair operation, what to expect?

Hiatus hernia repair operation, what to expect?

Soft foods: This surgery is usually done with laparoscope and involves a one day stay. You will start with thin liquids and advance slowly. This should help your symptoms of reflux. Good luck ...Read more

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Wouldnt fixing Achalasia by surgery result in acid reflux in esophogus?

Wouldnt fixing Achalasia by surgery result in acid reflux in esophogus?

Maybe (answer #5): See prior HealthTap answers on this subject. Fixing achalasia is often combined with an anti-reflux procedure to avoid just what you fear. ...Read more

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Hypothyroid causes muscle weakness does it leads to GERD by loosening the esophageal sphincter muscle?

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Hypothyroid causes muscle weakness does it leads to GERD by loosening the esophageal sphincter muscle?

Maybe!: Thanks for asking b/c until i just searched, i would've thought no. While i can't find any traditional evidence linking the two, enough people have written online to various forums complaining about such a link that it can't be a coincidence. My guess is that we need to treat one's hypothyroidism aggressively & adequately enough to regain les strength. I look forward to what GI colleagues say. ...Read more

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Has anyone done surgery for GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease)?

Common: It is a fairly common laparoscopic surgery performed by surgeons with expertise in this type of surgery. Names of surgery may be laparoscopic nissen fundoplication. ...Read more

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Whats an esophageal manometry?

EM studies: Esophageal manometry (em) is a probe, typically passed transnasally, into your esophagus. The probe is sensitive to pressures generated when esophagus muscles contract during swallowing. Probe measures muscle coordination during swallowing, as well as function & effectiveness of both upper & lower esophageal sphincters. Motility disorders, situational spasms, & gerd contributants are measured. ...Read more

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Bloating after open inguinal hernia repair common?

Bloating after open inguinal hernia repair common?

Can be: Constipation after general anesthesia and general surgical procedure is common. It can cause pain, bloating, nausea, and worse. Drink lots of liquids, use fiber and laxatives, slow down on solids in diet until your bowels are moving twice a day. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhoid surgery affect your sphincter muscle?

Can hemorrhoid surgery affect your sphincter muscle?

Recovery : During recovery from rectal hemorrhoid surgery it is okay for some bleeding. Hold pressure for 10 minutes while lying down. Sphincter dysfunction is a rare complication, usually temporary, but needs to be evaluated. Please call your surgery team. ...Read more