Taking ppi's after fundoplication

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   Posted 12/5/2013 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   

I've posted quite a lot and regulars will know me and my story.

What I'd like to know is it advisable to carry on taking ppi's after fundoplication?

Would they help with the healing?

I've decided to start taking mine to see if it helps me through with what I hope are problems with swelling which could be causing me problems. Well I hope it's the swelling that's causing my symptoms and it's not a fundoplication failure !



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   Posted 12/5/2013 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Had my nissen fundo 16 days ago. My doc wanted me to continue PPIs for 30 days until my post-op appointment. Then he said I will ween off of them over a few months.

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   Posted 12/6/2013 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
It certainly would be a good test for you - if they help, then you know there is still an acid problem. I don't know if they would help for swelling, though. Typically, you would need an NSAID for that - like ibuprofen. I hope Stephanie jumps in and posts. I think she took NSAIDS for quite a while after her surgery.

Instead of PPI, you could also try something like Zantac.

When my tummy starts bothering me (I think it is rumbling acid stuck in there) I use the DGL chewable tablets. They help a lot. Early on after surgery, they did bloat me, though. They have sorbitol, a gas causing sweetener in them. You have to like licorice to chew them.
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   Posted 12/6/2013 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   

I took children's motrin for awhile after surgery until I could swallow pills and then moved on to the ibuprofen tablets. Because of the stomach irritation from the motrin, I did take zantac, and tums occasionally.

I feel like taking the ibuprofen was the right choice for me. I have inflammatory issues anyway, and taking the ibuprofen helped keep me comfortable and able to walk more, and eat more, and experience less swelling and pain.

I no longer take anything, unless my rib pain flairs up after jogging or working out, which I just started doing again. I no longer need the zantac either.

Even before surgery, I had more of a regurgitation problem than an acid problem, but I know a lot of people stick with their PPI or zantac at least for maybe 6 months or so after surgery to keep the stomach tissues happy while they heal.
If it helps you, then it is probably quite alright to take it. I never had success with DGL, but many people say that it helps.

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   Posted 12/6/2013 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
also- I have to say that I had bloat issues which feel like swelling, but its actually trapped air in the stomach. I can often feel it in my chest, and ribs and in my throat when it is bad.

No drug will really help that. I did not have success really with gas-x but sometimes I take it with hope :)
Walking and dietary changes help quite a lot, and my surgeon says that the gassyness will resolve itself as time goes on and the wrap loosens a bit.

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   Posted 12/7/2013 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Are you getting headaches with your bloating?


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   Posted 12/7/2013 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mcedge,
It makes lots of sense to continue PPIs during your recovery. Many surgeons recommend it, to avoid the acid rebound affecting the newly created wrap, and just making your recovery more comfortable.
Happy healing,

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