New Gurgling Sound in Throat & Stomach for Lap Band Patient

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My throat and stomach now gurgle with everything I eat or drink. Is this a problem?

I have not had a lap band fill in over a year and a half. I had 7 oral surgeries last year and my bariatric nurse was saying it could be due to the ibuprofen given to me for pain.

I also started a new workout routine which I supplemented with bcaa, glutamine, L Carnitine, and protein powder after workouts (I workout 2 to 2 1/2 hours a day lifting weight and doing cardio). So I’m wondering if it was the combination of all my supps as well.

Ive lost 130 pounds to date and still have more to lose. My question is, should I be worried about the gurgling (note that I can eat and drink normally).


Expert Responses to the Question Above

Surgeon Response to "New Gurgling Sound in Throat & Stomach for Lap Band Patient"

by: Dr. Gilberto Ungson

The gurgling is not something that you need to worry about if you do not have any other symptoms.

I do not believe it is related to the medication or oral surgeries you had.

Gurgling sounds are common for many lap band patients.

They are caused by the bubbles of air that are going back up into the esophagus.

Try eating more slowly and chewing your food more thoroughly to avoid getting as much air in while you eat.

Take care,

Dr. Gilberto Ungson

Mexicali Bariatric Center

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Dr. Gilberto Ungson

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Patient Responses to the Question Above

Gurgling embarrassing

by: Erika

Good day,

I had the lap band done over a year ago.

After my last fill, the gurgling started. It is very embarrassing and I have to apologize frequently to my fellow diners.

The gurgling is ongoing, even if I eat slowly and drink small sips.

Is there any medication that can be taken to lessen this? I really feel embarrassed all the time.

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