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Wat are the pros and cons on surgery for acid reflux. Does it cure GERD or its a temporary fix and how invasive is the surgery.

Wat are the pros and cons on surgery for acid reflux. Does it cure GERD or its a temporary fix and how invasive is the surgery.

Yes: It will cure gerd but for how long depends. Pros is not needing to take those pills anymore and suffering from debilitating reflux. Cons it is an operation and carries its risks. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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How likely is it for acid reflux symptoms to cause a problem during a routine surgery?

How likely is it for acid reflux symptoms to cause a problem during a routine surgery?

Airway management: During elective or routine surgery management of your airway is very important. Patients with acid reflux tend to aspirate (stomach acid rises up into back of throat and mouth) which can end up in the lungs, or aspiration. Tell your doc and your anesthesia provider if you have acid reflux before your surgery. ...Read more

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Ways to prevent acid reflux in surgery?

Ways to prevent acid reflux in surgery?

Sometimes: If it is caused by some conditions then yes, maybe. See a gastroenterologist (gi specialist) to see what is causing your reflux and if surgery might help you. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: acid reflux surgery?

What is the definition or description of: acid reflux surgery?

Fundoplication: The most commonly performed surgery for acid reflux is a fundoplication. This is performed laparoscopically in a variety of manners, but generally involves ensuring that any hiatal hernia is repaired, that the length of intra-abdominal esophagus is 5-8 cm and some form of stomach "wrap" (fundoplication) is performed. ...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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How long is the recovery from acid reflux prevention surgery?

Depends on surgery.: The length of recovery depends on many factors, but the most important would be the type of antireflux surgery you have. Typically patients undergoing laparoscopic surgeries, such as a nissen or toupet, spend 1 night in the hospital and recovery is 1-2 weeks. The new transoral surgery, tif, is typical 1 week recovery. But remember that some people recover from surgery faster than others. ...Read more

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Anyone had surgery to fix acid reflux/hiatus hernia problems? How successful?

Anyone had surgery to fix acid reflux/hiatus hernia problems?  How successful?

Reflux: Reflux of stomach contents (acid) is usually due to incompetent valve or hiatal hernia. It is aggravated by position (lying down), spicy foods and obesity. Treatment includes mediating above factors. Then is meds like ppi which shut off acid. If meds fail, then surgery including fundoplication can help - usually has very good outcomes. Speak to your physician. ...Read more

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I'm 19 and suffer from horrible acid reflux. I don't want to take bone thinning drugs my whole life. Is surgery an option?

You are wise: If there is any alternative to these drugs for life, you should pursue it. However, I am not an expert. Assume you've seen a gastroenterologist. Tell your fears to him/her, ask why you should be troubled with this at such an early age (there are some family syndromes, some endocrine conditions and some birth defects that could be causing it) and ask if there is ANY other approach. Good luck! ...Read more

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Bad gas post acid reflux surgery. Why?

Bad gas post acid reflux surgery. Why?

After Reflux Surgery: Bloating and discomfort from gas buildup and inability to burp are common problems after reflux surgery. I usually keep my patients on a liquid diet for a week after surgery and advance to soft foods as tolerated. This decreases the likelihood of these symptoms. Consult with your surgeon on a dietary regimen. Most often this resolves with time. If it persists, then you may need additional work up. ...Read more

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How much time for an acid reflux disease medication *not* to work before a gastroenterologist considers surgery?

How much time for an acid reflux disease medication *not* to work before a gastroenterologist considers surgery?

Failed maximum Rx?: There are lots of "non-invasive" anti-reflux procedures -- some performed endoscopically and others by surgery. Most cause some permanent change at the level of the LES, and none are complication-free. Most are relatively new, so there is limited data to prove long-term benefit. First see a gastroenterologist to better document why & what you are refluxing (consider pH impedance testing, more). ...Read more

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I had fundoplication surgery dec 2011 for my chronic cough. It turns out i had at best(before the surgery) mild acid reflux. My cough was caused by a ?

I had fundoplication surgery dec 2011 for my chronic cough. It turns out i had at best(before the surgery) mild acid reflux. My cough was caused by a ?

Is cough gone?: A nissan fundoplication is a surgery that's been done for years to treat acid reflux; now, however, it's often done laparoscopically. Reflux can cause cough, hoarseness, wheezing, heartburn, etc. If your symptoms are better, know that even mild reflux can cause symptoms. If the cough persists, it's back to the drawing board. Asthma, sinus infections, and/or allergies are frequent reasons. Lgromko. ...Read more

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I want surgery to correct my acid reflux and to stop bile from entering my stomach, can this be done together? Same day

I want surgery to correct my acid reflux and to stop bile from entering my stomach, can this be done together? Same day

Unlikely but...: Bile reflux and acid reflux are not the same. However, fundiplication can prevent both from entering the esophagus. That being said, the bile will still be able to go from the duodenum to the stomach, but you might not feel that. ...Read more

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I'm having an acl reconstruction next week but have a slight occasional cough with clear mucus which feels like acid reflux. Will my surgery be postpo?

I'm having an acl reconstruction next week but have a slight occasional cough with clear mucus which feels like acid reflux. Will my surgery be postpo?

Resolving URI: Probably not if your symptoms are resolving and due to an uncomplicated URI or a bronchitis triggered by environmental allergen exposures or air pollutants. You should definitely report this to your operating orthopedist and often a preoperative visit is scheduled with the on call anesthesiologist. With or without intubations these symptoms can worsen post operatively. ...Read more

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When does laryngitis get to the point of requiring surgery? I have chronic laryngitis from smoking and acid reflux. I am not having luck quitting smoking and i'm concerned i may one day need surgery to fix this problem. What should I be on the lookout for

When does laryngitis get to the point of requiring surgery? I have chronic laryngitis from smoking and acid reflux. I am not having luck quitting smoking and i'm concerned i may one day need surgery to fix this problem. What should I be on the lookout for

You : You should seek an evaluation from an ENT physician who can diagnose and manage your problem. Both smoking and reflux take a toll on the upper airway causing damage to the structure around the vocal cords. Of more concern is the possibility of a benign or malignant growth in the region. The ENT can use a television probe to visual the area and perform a biopsy if required. ...Read more

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I have a gall bladder stone of 10 mm bt without any symptom of pain and acid reflux .Should i go for surgery?

I have a gall bladder stone of 10 mm bt without any symptom of pain and acid reflux .Should i go for surgery?

Not necessarily.: Many people have gall stones and will never have problems. I would suggest removal if it starts giving you problems/sxs. ...Read more

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I have acid reflux disease doctor told me to have laproscopic surgery what should I do please suggest except surgery.

I have acid reflux disease doctor told me to have laproscopic surgery what should I do please suggest except surgery.

Many Options: Gerd should never be treated with surgery first & rarely requires it. Acid-reducing medication, avoidance of caffeine, tobacco, acidic foods, weight loss, avoiding large meals just before bedtime, sleeping propped up on pillows are but a few rx's. Talk 2 a GI doctor (gastroenterologist)--if a GI doctor gave you this advice, consider a second-opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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What surgery has best results for acid reflux.having trouble maintaining that bland diet birthday parties my family cooks .cant break old ladies heart?

GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is fancy term for acid reflux. Failing lifestyle modification such as avoiding foods that aggravate symptoms, and not lying down soon after eating, there are at least 3 classes of medications to try before considering surgery: calcium carbonate, H2 blockers & proton pump inhibitors, in that order. All are available over the counter. Chat w/Family Doc re EGD ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more