Heartburn After Lap Band Surgery

by Kissy Pitre
(Raceland, LA)

Heartburn Caused by Acid Reflux After Lap Band Surgery

Heartburn Caused by Acid Reflux After Lap Band Surgery

I had lap band surgery 5 yrs ago. I haven't had heartburn since then until about 2 months ago.

I have not changed the way I eat or anything. I have been getting heartburn when I wake up about 12 hours after eating. Can someone please help?

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Response to: Heartburn after Lap Band Surgery
by: Dr. Aceves

HI Kissy,

My recommendation is to please go get your band checked with a barium swallow x-ray. Your doctor may see that your band is too tight. Even if you have not had a fill recently or changed anything in your way of eating, sometimes, for various reasons, your band gets tighter and tighter and tighter. If your band is tight you need to get it unfilled a bit. A tight band can cause spasms that causes reflux.

If the band does not appear to be tight, I would recommend you stay on liquids for 10 days and see if you feel better.

If you are not taking any medication you might consider taking medication to help with the symptoms but please do try to find out what is causing it.

If this does not help, my recommendation would be to get the band unfilled anyway and stay with it unfilled for 3 months and then start with fills once again. This should take care of the reflux.

When you are ready to get a fill once again, it's very common to not be able to have the same liquid in your band as you did before. You will most likely not be able to go to the number of CCs you have now... you need to start slowly. This is common, if for example, 3CCs were right for you before you might only tolerate 2CC comfortably.

Dr. Alberto Aceves
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Dr. Alberto Aceves

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