reflux symptoms due to constipation or gas

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   Posted 4/18/2013 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter is 8 month post op from nissen fundoplication and she has been having increased "acid" symptoms . She seems to think there is a correlation between gas, constipation and reflux. She had a CT scan and upper gi and both said her wrap was fine and no reflux. Now we are wondering if she really needed the surgery.Anyone have any info or experience with this?

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   Posted 4/20/2013 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi sreynolds,
When your surgeon created the wrap, he/she couldn't make it tight enough to allow zero reflux, or your daughter wouldn't be able to eat, as food would not be able to get past that extremely tight wrap.  The goal for the surgeon is to get the patient to "normal" levels of reflux...everyone gets reflux from time to time, and it's normal.  GERD levels of reflux are not. 
Yes, the constipation likely slows down everything, thus leaving food/acid in the stomach longer, which enables the possibility of reflux.  That doesn't mean the wrap wasn't needed or that it isn't working. 
Have you asked your doctor for remedies that might help your daughter get things moving?
I hope she gets feeling better soon!
Take care,
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