Roux-en-Y Surgery For Bile Reflux?

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   Posted 9/24/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
is this surgery for bile reflux considered major surgery..what does it intail? how long is recovery?..and what are possible if any after affects of having this kind of surgery?

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   Posted 9/24/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   


The Roux-en-Y  is a gastric by-pass procedure. In a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the stomach is made smaller by creating a small pouch at the top of the stomach using surgical staples or a plastic band. It is used for morbid obesity and yes it can reduce sx of GERD to the best of my knowledge.

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   Posted 9/27/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi iamloco724
I had Barretts Esophagus and silent reflux with chronic cough.  In October 2008, I had an esophagectomy and a Roux-en-Y.  I don't use my stomach at all,  the lower portion of my esophagus was removed and the part left was attached to my intestines.  I had Surgery on a Monday morning and spent three days in ICU.  I wasn't allowed to eat or drink until the following Saturday when I had a barium swallow to ensure there were no leaks.  I was discharged on Sunday.   When I was discharged I was given a prescription for liquid roxicet.  I had a j- drain and a gastro tube, each had to be drained a couple of times a day.  The j-drain and gastro tube weren't painful just uncomfortable.  I was on a liquid diet for a couple weeks then a soft diet for a couple weeks.  At my 6-week post-op appointment the j-drain and gastro tube were removed (dont' worry it doesn't hurt).  After 6-weeks I was released to go back to work.  I have an office job so it wasn't bad.  Not sure if I would have been ready to go back to work if I had a manual labor job.
Since the surgery I feel great.  I know longer have any of the symptoms I had prior to surgery.  I have also lost 115 lbs.  Every 6 months I have an upper GI, esophageal transit study, chest x-ray and blood work to ensure all is well.  
Wishing you good health
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