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NemesisPa
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   Posted 1/29/2013 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok I tried to look all over the internet to find something on this with no luck. My mom had gastric bypass and the lining of her esophagus is bad. The dr. told her that she would lose her voice. Is this true or is there anything that she can do the help heal her esophagus?

dencha
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   Posted 1/29/2013 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi NemesisPA,
Welcome to Healing Well!  I guess I'd like a little more information.  What was the cause of your mom's esophagus irritation?  Did she have reflux?  It seems she must have, as it's the main cause of esophagitis.
 
What does the doctor mean, "she'll lose her voice"?  Before her gastric bypass, was she having bad reflux?  Reflux can also irritate the larnyx and cause hoarseness.
 
It sounds to me as if you need to sit down with your mom's doctor and get more information.  It doesn't make sense to me, and it doesn't sound like it makes sense to you either!
 
Wish I could offer more help!  Hopefully somebody else will weigh in soon!
Good luck!
Denise
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sumner
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   Posted 1/29/2013 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Agree with dencha. Always ask the doctor to explain a second, third or fourth time in a way that you can understand. Never forget, the doctor is your employee.

NemesisPa
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   Posted 1/30/2013 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Well she has acid reflux and since she had her surgery some foods stay down. Other foods don't stay down and in the process the Dr. simple told her that she could lose her voice altogether. It's tearing the lining in her esophagus. I was talking to my aunt and uncle and they said that she should get a second opinion on it. I believe she should as well and they are going to give her the number to call a group of specialist to check her throat. Right now her Dr. told her to use throat spray like Chloraseptic. The same Dr. did my esophagus and I was diagnosed with Schatzki Ring. I mean this Dr. is very straight and to the point and you can't get a word in edge why with him.

dencha
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   Posted 1/30/2013 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi NemesisPA,
Do get a second opinion so you can understand how to help your mom.  Perhaps she needs a fundoplication surgery to keep the acid in her stomach.  Perhaps it's a temporary problem that will subside with healing.  I have no experience with this, so can't really help you, other than offer support!
 
See another doc and get some clarification.  It's common to develop hoarseness with reflux, but I don't think it's common to bypass surgery. 
 
I did a little searching around, and found some information for you. Bypass surgery generally takes care of reflux, but in your mom's case, it hasn't.  There is a version of fundoplication called the Belsey Mark IV, and it sounds like it's an option for those who've had bypass surgery and continue to have severe reflux that doesn't respond to medication and antacids.
 
Here's a link to a medical abstract that provides some information.  From what I can figure out, the Belsey Mark IV isn't all that effective for the general population, but that it is sufficient as a barrier after bypass surgery.  Check out te article and see if it helps clear things up a bit.
 
Good luck!
Denise
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

NemesisPa
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   Posted 1/31/2013 4:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your opinions and suugestions it helps.

dencha
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   Posted 1/31/2013 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi NemesisPA,
I just wish I had more information.  From what I read, once your mom loses weight the reflux may resolve itself.  As you saw, the bypass sometimes ends reflux immediately, but unfortunately, in your mom's situation that didn't happen.
 
Hang in there...there are answers.  This is a tough time in her recovery and I'm sure it's hard on the whole family.
 
Good luck!
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle
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