Bad Acid Reflux 1.5 Years After Lap Band Surgery

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Patty S. (a patient from USA)

I have developed bad acid reflux one and a half years after lap band surgery. The reflux is especially bad at night.

I have hiccups… from the stomach clear up through the esophagus makes strange noises. It sounds like air escaping.

Has anyone had this?

Are there any suggestions?

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Expert Responses to the Question Above

Re: bad Reflux 1.5 years after Lap Band Surgery

by: Dr. Alberto Aveves

Hello Patty,

The bad reflux at night is one of the symptoms of a slipped band, so it is a good idea to get a barium swallow x-ray to check your band.

If it has not slipped, it might just be a bit tight and you might just have to have it unfilled to give you relief.

You might also have an enlarged pouch. An x-ray is the only way to really tell what is going on.

Do not ignore these symptoms there is something going on that needs to be addressed, sooner is better.

While you get in to see your doctor for the x-ray, there are things that can offer relief temporarily. Sleeping with a few pillows, making sure you do not eat or drink anything 4 hours before going to bed, anti-reflux medication twice a day (morning and night), to name a few.

Dr. Alberto Aceves

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Dr. Alberto Aceves

DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the details provided. The above should never replace the advice of your local physicians as they have the ability to evaluate you in person.

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