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Question: Severe heartburn since gallbladder surgery

 dixiecowgirl - Wed May 02, 2007 3:59 pm

I'm 56 yrs old and had my gallbladder removed 2 years ago. My doctor said I had gallstones. Since then, I have been in a constant battle with heartburn. My stomach even looks and feels swollen sometimes. Over the counter anti heartburn meds help but I am having to take them ALL the time. God help me if I should forget but the pain and acid is killing me. It's that bad. Could this be something to do with the gallbladder surgery? What do you think I should do? I appreciate any help you can offer.
On Fire all the Time
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Jun 03, 2007 5:19 pm

User avatar It's possible that the surgery somehow increased your reflux but I'm not familiar with this being a typical complication of a gallbladder surgery.

I would advise you to talk with your doctor about your reflux. There are some prescription medicines which are much better at controlling reflux symptoms than are over-the-counter medicines.

Generally as a last resort, there is a surgical option that can help called a fundoplication.

From your description it sounds like you would benefit from a prescription medicine. If the medications aren't helping, further testing can be done to help decide about a surgery.

Best wishes.

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