Heartburn Complications from Bariatric Surgery
After a gastric sleeve, the stomach’s upper end now has to prevent acid from moving up the esophagus, leaving the pyloric valve intact. But the stomach is now significantly smaller, causing pressure in the stomach to grow. This makes the lower esophageal sphincter the path of least resistance to relieve pressure. As a result, pressure is released into your esophagus, often paired with stomach acid, which causes reflux and heartburn.
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Heartburn is one of the most common side effects of bariatric surgery. This can manifest into gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) as well as affect your bariatric options for surgeries and solutions. GERD is when instead of keeping foods and acids down in the stomach, muscles attempt to move them back up into your esophagus. It can be painful as well as causes damage to your esophagus. Other symptoms can include trouble swallowing, sore throat, wheezing, laryngitis, sleep apnea, and more. Fortunately, we can help alleviate these symptoms with our procedures. While it’s difficult to fully eliminate acid reflux after a gastric sleeve operation, we can significantly reduce the symptoms and pressure that are caused by it.