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Old 02-13-2013, 02:25 PM   #1
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Reflux after Fundoplication Surgery

Hi all

I am one week post op; had a Nissen fundoplication. Have had a very easy recovery for which I am very thankful. However, I feel like I'm still having some reflux. Was fortunate to never have had pain/heartburn symptoms with GERD and still have none of that. At first, I just noticed what seemed like reflux upon waking after sleeping flat on stomach. Then today, have started having some throat clearing after eating.

The diet protocol my surgeon recommended seems quite different than what I've seen here. In fact, my first day post op, I had a liquid breakfast, and then pureed food for lunch. I was allowed to go home that day because I tolerated the soft food well with no nausea. I am still avoiding breads and meats (although have had small bites of both, just to test, and was fine) and am mostly on a soft food diet. And I'm still avoiding trigger foods/drinks.

I have my first post-op visit with the surgeon tomorrow and will, of course, discuss this with him. But being a pretty inpatient person, thought I would post here just to see if anyone knows if some reflux during the healing period is normal.


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Old 02-13-2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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Re: Reflux after Fundoplication Surgery

Meryas, Hope it is not reflux. I would like to see what your surgeon says about your throat clearing. That was my biggest problem. As a teacher, it was becoming difficult to talk long, because of the mucas in my throat and the difficulty clearing it. And the throat pain, too. My diet was also a little different than what I read. I was given clear or full liquids. After four days, if all is working, I can go to soft foods, like you are already on. So far, all goes down well, and I can still burp. We'll see what happens as I progress. Good Luck...

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Re: Reflux after Fundoplication Surgery

I had a wrap and I had reflux after and ever since, but not as bad.

Old 02-14-2013, 11:26 AM   #4
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Re: Reflux after Fundoplication Surgery

Thanks, JanaJ. If you knew now that you'd still have some reflux after the wrap, would you still have had the procedure done? In other words, did it help enough to be worth going through the surgery. Are you able to manage the reflux post-wrap with meds?

Old 02-14-2013, 11:32 AM   #5
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Re: Reflux after Fundoplication Surgery

Talked to surgeon today about reflux-like symptoms including the throat clearing. He said it could be from things getting hung up above the wrap. He didn't seem at all concerned that I might have reflux although did mention again that there is a very small percentage of people for which the surgery doesn't help. He said he expects this to go away on it's own, but if not, we can repeat a barium swallow in a couple of months just to be sure. He also said that in 22 years, he's never seen a post-op barium swallow that showed reflux. (Also, my pre-op diagnostic bariatric swallow didn't show any reflux, so not sure how helpful that test will be for me)

Again, I'm very optimistic and going to think positively that this has worked for me! If nothing else, I will THINK the reflux away, lol.

Your gas pain should be much better today, Renegade.

Happy healing!

Old 03-04-2013, 06:42 PM   #6
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Re: Reflux after Fundoplication Surgery

Wow that's great! It sounds like we are in the same situation. I actually go see my surgeon 2mrw after my surgery (10 days post op).
Does anyone out there have symptoms of your throat squealing? When I drink or eat my throat seems to squeal and is sometimes followed by hiccups then burps.
This actually concerns me because my #1 symptom before surgery was belching. I really hope this is a matter of healing that will soon pass!!!

Old 03-07-2013, 11:06 AM   #7
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Re: Reflux after Fundoplication Surgery

Hi there

Don't have any throat squealing, but am guessing it will calm down. From what I've read here hiccups and burps seem common during recovery. The usual advice is to slow down your eating. I just had lunch and apparently was eating too fast; felt like food was stuck, finally went down, but had hiccups and burping. First time I've had hiccups as a symptom of this, but they weren't painful and didn't last long.

Good luck! Hope your follow-up visit provided some answers and reassurance!

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Old 03-07-2013, 11:51 AM   #8
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I am 31 year old female and I am 10 weeks post op from my nissen fundoplication. I have been dealing with acide reflux for years and have failed all the medication. My biggest issue with the acide reflux that drove me to surgery was the bile taste and burning in my mouth and throat all day everyday. It was so bad that I would go through a box a tissue a day just spitting it out. Heartburn was also horrible but at least the PPI's help control that enough to deal with.

I under went my surgery december 2012 every thing went well. I woke up from the surgery having no bile taste or burning and no heart burn. I followed all the instructions and eat what I was suppose to. I am now partially on soft foods and slowly introducing normal foods back in my diet. I have been dealing with foods getting suck but that is only when I take to big of a bit or done chew well enough. I have also been dealing with horrible stomach aches and sharp pains in my stomach. I have a lot of nausea. I went to see the surgeon who was basically unsure of the stomach issues so I have to go back to GI Specialist and put me on higher dose of nausea meds. Other then that everything was going good. That is until last Saturday!

So last Saturday I woke up with the horrible tast of bile in my mouth and throat and the burning. I have not had any heart burn. It is so bad at times that it makes my face sweat. I have not had this feel for 10 weeks so now I am so depressed. I know it is too soon to say my surgery failed but that is what I am feeling I have started my Nexum again in hopes that it will help with the bile a bit but unfortunetly it is not working and I am suffering right now. Nothing is helping.

Three days prior to this bile tast and burning coming back I did get food stuck. It was stuck for 3 hours and I was unable to vomit it out. I just sat over the toilet with the dry heaves. It was so horrible I really thought I would have to go to the ER.

So my question is:

Is the bile taste and burning signs that my surgery failed?

How can you tell if your wrap slipped?

I read about food getting hung up by the wrap that can cause bile taste and burning. Is this what could be happening? If so what can I do about this and once the food clears from the wrap will this bile go away.

Any advise will be great. My mouth and throat are burning so bad that I am ready just cry. My face is sweating around my mouth and I just can not take it anymore.

Old 06-15-2013, 10:17 PM   #9
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Re: Reflux after Fundoplication Surgery

Had my wrap two months ago and am starting to get my heartburn back. Just wondering if you have gotten any better?

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