acid reflux after post op for esophageal surgery

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RE: acid reflux after post op for esophageal surgery

by DidleySquat on Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:20 PM

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Yes, my wife has an esophagectomy two months ago and the biggest issue was the nightly acid reflux at about 3 a.m. every night. She slept in a wedge pillow and was told not to eat at least three hours before bed. It was awful and the acid even had dark bile. Then I read a post from a woman (everhav) and she discovered that her husband should eat a red apple before bed. The apple helps reduce the acid in his stomach and make it more alkaline. It worked like a miracle! She has been eating an apple before bed for about three weeks and has been able to sleep all night with GERD or acid reflux. Praise God!

RE: acid reflux after post op for esophageal surgery

by DidleySquat on Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:22 PM

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This red Apple worked for my wife too! Praise God she hasn’t had a bout of GERD since!

RE: acid reflux after post op for esophageal surgery

by Mike2595 on Fri Sep 14, 2018 04:40 PM

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I am now 78 years old. I had my esophagectomy 11 years ago. DeVinci methode. Some complications post surgery, [infection at feeding tube site] 22 days in hospital, 9 surgeries. Went home with a wound vac for 2 large open surgeries. Been pretty good since with gradual improving appetite to where I now eat normal, no restrictions. I do eat an apple before bed, no need to peel it. I just knew this, craving apples. I sleep on an adjustable bed.with the head way up. If I sleep on either side I get BILE reflex. This is very different than acid, or food reflex. It tastes horrible and burns awfully. I have seen my surgeon for this and he says there is nothing you can do about it. I take 1 omaprozole in the morning and 1 ranitidine at night. I will be on this the rest of my life. The bile sometimes comes up at anytime, even when I am awake and walking. Mostly though I get it around 6AM when I am waking up. It is really bad when I aspirate it in my sleep.

I do not believe that it has anything to do with what I ate. I still have dumping syndrome occasionally, where I get confused, very shaky, and hot and sweaty. You can look up "dumping syndrome" on Mayo's web site or just Google it. It is common with major stomach surgery. 

At this time I am having a mostly normal retired life with enjoying family and travel. There is hope for us.

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