Post Fundoplication

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I'm 18years post HM with fundoplication and still have problems with gas bloat syndrome. I'm wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation and had the Fundoplication removed and if so what was the outcome?

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    Would you mind explaining a little further, ie 'gas bloat syndrome,'  I'm very interested in knowing more about this.  I had a HM & Fundoplication in Nov. 2016.

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      Probably best to google it but as far as I'm aware it's due to the fact that I'm unable to vomit or burp therefore anything ie carbonated drinks (my enemy) fatty/acidic foods have to go through ur system.

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      I find what you have shared, to be interesting.  As, not long after I had my surgery, in a discussion on the Achalasia Forum, someone said that once you have an HM surgery etc., you won't be able to vomit.  I asked my surgeon about this, and he said that I would be able to.  I have gone through bouts of nausea, bloating, gas, etc., post-surgery, but not yet felt the urge to vomit, so don't know if the surgeon is correct, or the person who posted on the Forum!  I hadn't had any carbonated drinks for 2 years, but decided a couple of months ago to try one...bad idea.  Won't try another!

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      I have had that surgery . a few weeks after the surgery I got sick with colitis, and I could not throw up at all I just dry heaved.

      But 3months now I have too( myself off of pain meds and all the swelling as went down . I have had withdraws and I THREW UP !. Yep😊woo boo.

      Sound kinda funny to a normal person but hey I got that darn acid stuff up!

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    I had the HM with fundoplication in 2012 and still have issues with gas, bloating and stomach cramps. However, I am able to vomit when necessary, but burping is few and far in between. 
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    Assuming that you have tried diet changes and possible medication, it might be feasible that the fundoplication could be adjusted.   There are various degrees of fundoplication that can be applied, but whether having a wrap that is too tight causes this and, say, a 120 degree wrap might improve things is really an issue for an experienced surgeon to consider.

    ?Sometimes the wrap comes undone and can be replaced surgically, so it can be done (whether it is prudent is a different issue).   The short answer is that without the wrap you would probably suffer a lot from reflux.   Prolonged exposure to reflux may potentially lead to Barrett's oesophagus (see Action Against Heartburn website for more information).   This could be combatted by PPI medication (eg Esomeprazole) which switches off stomach acid and can lead to complications from gut bacteria changes.

    ?You would need an experienced gastroenterologist and surgeon's advice about this, and I suspect that their first reaction would be to try to avoid revising the surgery if you can.

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    If you had laproscopic surgery, the bloat is normal for a couple of weeks.  My son had the same surgery at age 17 and was bloated for at least 2 weeks if not longer.  It was just from the gas they put in your abdominal cavity during surgery.  I know it was uncomfortable for him.  At least that was our experience, your's could be different.  

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