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How to avoid or get rid of acid reflux after Gastric Sleeve Surgery

By Gerald Witt on February 21, 2022

gerd after sleeveGastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico is one of the best ways to lose weight a large amount of weight and works as a tool for weight loss.  Many people that are not patients may consider this surgery to be the easy way out, but in fact it is nothing more than a tool like any other diet aid to help obese patients achieve weight loss success. Gastric Sleeve Surgery can help obese people not only lose weight and improve their health problems related to obesity, but the surgery also improves the patient’s quality of life and allows them to live longer, healthier and more active lifestyles. Some patients however with the gastric sleeve surgery suffer from a side effect where acid reflux can become a problem in their new lifestyle.  So how can you avoid or get rid of acid reflux after your gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico?  We will show you how below...

Acid reflux is known as gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD and this kind of disease is not only experienced by those who are morbidly obese even before having a weight loss surgery but also by a few of those patients who have undergone Gastric Sleeve surgery. The cause of these symptoms is stomach acid going back up into the esophagus during the process of digestion. This disease is usually related to food or beverages that the patients have consumed after surgery, however in some instances, Gastric Sleeve patients can experience this problem even if they never had GERD prior to surgery.

After Gastric Sleeve surgery, the patient’s stomach is reduced down to a fraction of its normal size and this obviously can cause pressure within the stomach itself to increase. This could be a reason that weakens the lower esophageal sphincter valve and may allow some stomach acids into the esophogus, causing reflux.

To manage acid reflux after Gastric Sleeve surgery first you must control your diet and watch what you eat.  Avoid irritants like coffee, spices, garlic, onions and peppers.  GERD may affect the patient’s ability to eat and enjoy food and life so it is important that the patient does not let the GERD get out of control. It is a painful condition and highly annoying thing to deal with, that is why it is important to know how to manage this situation.

  • Follow your doctors post-surgery health diet
  • Avoid the wrong, deep fried, spicy or fatty foods
  • Avoid drinking alcohol, carbonated drinks
  • Minimize the amount of caffeinated beverages
  • Avoid coffee and if you drink it stop if GERD begins
  • Avoid dark chocolate
  • Figure out which combinations of food are causing the acid reflux
  • Quite smoking
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothing
  • Avoid eating too soon before laying down to sleep
  • Elevate your head and upper body while sleeping
  • Excess weight puts pressure on patient’s stomach causing acid reflux.
  • Keep losing weight
  • Acid reflux symptoms tend to improve as patient loses weight.

Acid reflux after Gastric Sleeve surgery if the condition does not improve can be fixed by performing a laparoscopic revision surgery from Gastric Sleeve to Gastric Bypass.  This really should be your last option as you should definitely try changing your diet before undergoing another procedure.  Weight Loss Team and Dr. Juan F. Hidalgo in Puerto Vallarta can perform this revision surgery in safe and beautiful Puerto Vallarta at the world class CMQ Riviera Nayarit Hospital.  The surgery costs about $6700us and takes care of the acid reflux problem form most patients as soon as the surgery is finished.  But remember you can always try taking pantoprazole, drinking protein and trying to get the GERD under control with the help of your bariatric surgeon prior to choosing the have a revision surgery.


For more information regarding Clinics/ Hospitals and Weight Loss Options mentioned in this article:

Weight Loss Team – Bariatric Surgery Center at the CMQ Riviera Nayarit Hospital

Website: www.weightlossteam.com

Email: info@weightlossteam.com

Telephone: Toll free 1(800) 404-9064 or + 1(818) 949-6911

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