Gallbladder removal and Barrett’s diagnosis

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 was wondering if anyone else has had their gallbladder removed and if they noticed a increase in bile reflux after surgery. I never had any symptoms of reflux until after my gallbladder removal which prompted my endoscopy that diagnosed my Barrett’s. And it was specifically bile reflux. I am only 31 and am unsure of what options there are for handling bile reflux. Has anyone had surgery to correct it- if so how was recovery? 

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    I have Barrett's oesophagus mine was discovered as I had a hiatus hernia which was incarcerated. 

    I had previously had my gallbladder out. And yes my reflux did seem to increase. 

    I had surgery (nissin funduplication) 4/5 hour operation and liquid only diet for 4 weeks after it. 

    Only thing is when you have Barrett's then it's permanent. 

    You'll need omeprazole or eomeprazole and endoscopies to check that the cells don't change. 

    They only operate if you have the hernia and its large. 

    Hope this helps

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      Linda,

      How old were you when diagnosed? I have a moderate size hernia also,  is there a reason that you are still on PPi’s? I was under the impression that it should stop the reflux and you shouldn’t need medication anymore- is that not the case? 

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      I was 45 when I was told I had the hernia, the Barrett's was only picked up when I had all the major surgery 2 years ago. Mine is the Barrett's with metaplasia.

      I wasn't taking omeprazole anymore as I was told I wouldn't need it anymore but it was only after another endoscopy and check up that my consultant asked why wasn't I taking it still? 

      I'm thinking because of the years of damage/inflammation from heartburn/reflux that it's needed as any inflammation is potentially more damaging to the Barrett's cells mutating.

      Also I had cell changes so maybe that's why I need them. 

      Make sure they give you regular endoscopys. 

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    I got gallstones and non working gallbladder and I also got diagnosed with gastritis and barrets with non dysplasia.Im only 37. I did not remove gb yet. But seems after removing your issues gone worst. Any reason why you removed your gb? Low functioning or gallstones?

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      They only remove the gallbladder if you get recurrent pain which is extremely painful and sickness accompanying it. 

      I think the other issues are already there but the gallbladder pain and discomfort masks the Barrett's.  I have also now got pancreatitis and bile duct blockages. Everything seems to be linked/connected 

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      Linda is right- although I had shoulder blade pain and gallstones. No pain really related  to a “gallbladder attack”.  They thought my refered backnpain was my gallbladder but it only got worse after removal. I started tasting bile in my mouth and would vomit bile. I had zero reflux symptoms before gallbladder removal. 
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      Already I got severe reflux and they are asking to remove gallbladder for gallstones..so bit concerned if it's going to make my reflux ,barrtes and gastritis worse.

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      I have been on PPIs for over 20 years, had the fundoplication and hernia repair about 14 years ago and the gallbladder out about 10 years ago. I still reflux (I have nocturnal reflux) but now I have both acid and bile reflux. On reflection, I wish I hadn't had my gallbladder out and insisted on having the gallstones zapped with ultrasound (if they were the right type). I did ask for the zapping technique but was told the stones would only grow back. As far as I am concerned, rather that than bile reflux. See if you can speak to a gastroenterologist about routes other than surgery as the surgical folk always want to just operate. It may be you can't have yours zapped or dissolved or whatever and have to have surgery but do investigate alternatives first. I wish I'd been more assertive.

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      I wish- I already had it removedsad in December and that’s when the bile reflux started. I have no idea what to do now to stop it 
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      I did a flush for gallbladder last week end . I do see green stones as mentioned, but i highly doubt those are gallstones. The only way to confirm is before and after flush taking ultrasound. On a side note, i talked to my doctor in india, he is advising me to go in to paleo diet for 18 months to see if the bloating /acid refulx resolves , if not to goahead with the surgery.
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    Hi Vera, I'm 71 and have Barrett's esophagus. However, no gallbladder surgery. I hope you are not in any pain.

    My gastroenterologist has me on Carafate (4× daily) and Prilosec twice daily.

    Best of luck to you

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