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.
Air swallowing. Gas bloating is a common, temporary, complaint after acid reflux surgery usually due to the subconscious air-swallowing that people with chronic reflux do to clear their esophagus of acid. After surgery and repair of the failed reflux valve, this air swallowing causes bloating until the body learns it doesn't have to swallow constantly to clear the acid. It may last 6 months to a year at worst.

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

Reflux surgery. This is a procedure done by a surgeon if acid reflux becomes unmanageable by meds. It often involves wrapping part of the stomach around the lower esophagus. Read more...
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...

It looks like gastroenterologists specialize. How do I find one that might do hiatal hernia + acid reflux surgery?

They don't operate. Under medical specialties, there is training program in GI diseases. These clinicians are the gastro enterologists who treat and handle the diagnosis of GI disorders such as Crohns disease, Ulcerative colitis, bleeding ulcer disease and are the one who do upper and lower GI endoscopy. Surgery of the upper GI tract is performed by general surgeons who can handle reflux and hiatal disease. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...