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Can weight loss surgery cause stomach gas, acid reflux or heartburn?

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In brief: It depends

There are a few surgical options for wt loss and a few are actually very effective in reducing gerd symptoms.
I do have patients who report more gerd sx after lap band but usually improves with dietary modification. Sometimes band adjustments are helpful for persistent symptoms.

In brief: It depends

There are a few surgical options for wt loss and a few are actually very effective in reducing gerd symptoms.
I do have patients who report more gerd sx after lap band but usually improves with dietary modification. Sometimes band adjustments are helpful for persistent symptoms.
Dr. George T Tsai
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Dr. Marc Neff
Surgery

In brief: Reflux bariatrics

Reflux issues are common in the obese population.
It has been attributed to the increase in intra abdominal pressure associated with morbid obesity. Certain surgeries like the sleeve and an overly tight lap band can contribute to reflux. Often this can be controlled by medications from your surgeon. Occasionally the reflux may require combination of medicines, rarely, repeat surgery.

In brief: Reflux bariatrics

Reflux issues are common in the obese population.
It has been attributed to the increase in intra abdominal pressure associated with morbid obesity. Certain surgeries like the sleeve and an overly tight lap band can contribute to reflux. Often this can be controlled by medications from your surgeon. Occasionally the reflux may require combination of medicines, rarely, repeat surgery.
Dr. Marc Neff
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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics

In brief: Yes for sleeve,band

The sleeve and the band can both lead to a worsening of gastric acid reflux.
If we see patients with severe reflux preop, we usually advise the gastric bypass, since it immediately corrects the reflux.

In brief: Yes for sleeve,band

The sleeve and the band can both lead to a worsening of gastric acid reflux.
If we see patients with severe reflux preop, we usually advise the gastric bypass, since it immediately corrects the reflux.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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