Reflux and heartburn after gallbladder surgery

My family doctor decided that perhaps because of my taking so much NSAID’s I gave myself a stomach ulcer. He gave me a proton pump inhibitor (PPI).

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In this procedure, the doctor uses a thin camera (scope) to examine the esophagus and look for early changes in the lining that can lead to esophageal cancer. Acid reflux occurs when the contents of your stomach rise into your esophagus, which is the muscular tube between your throat and stomach. Pain from acid reflux is typically felt in the pit of your stomach or lower chest, although it can rise into your throat.

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Sound waves are sent toward the gallbladder through a handheld device that a technician glides over the abdomen. The sound waves bounce off the gallbladder, liver, and other organs such as a pregnant uterus, and their echoes make electrical impulses that create a picture of the organ on a video monitor. If stones are present, the sound waves will bounce off them, too, showing their location.

Stones usually recur after nonsurgical treatment. The most common complication in gallbladder surgery is injury to the bile ducts.

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These medications are often prescribed to block acid production, but they don’t have a clear role in treating bile reflux. Bile reflux occurs when bile – a digestive liquid produced in your liver – backs up (refluxes) into your stomach and the tube that connects your mouth and stomach (esophagus).

I’m severely frustrated at this point in time, and after my appointment next week I think I’ll be trying to find another doctor and get a second opinion. A description of your symptoms is often enough for your doctor to diagnose a reflux problem. But distinguishing between acid reflux and bile reflux is difficult and requires further testing. You’re also likely to have tests to check for damage to your esophagus and stomach, as well as for precancerous changes. DS There are 3 main lines of research in this area.

An LES that doesn’t function properly allows stomach acids and food particles to flow back up your esophagus to your throat. In another test (the Bravo test), the probe is attached to the lower portion of your esophagus during endoscopy.

Bile and food mix in the duodenum and enter your small intestine through the pyloric valve, a heavy ring of muscle located at the outlet of your stomach. The pyloric valve usually opens only slightly – enough to release about an eighth of an ounce (about 3.5 milliliters) of liquefied food at a time, but not enough to allow digestive juices to reflux into the stomach. In many cases of bile reflux, the valve doesn’t close properly, and bile washes back into the stomach.

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