people who are considering weight-loss
surgery should choose their procedure carefully if they hope to be free of
chronic heartburn, a new study suggests.
What's more, about 1 in 11
people who didn't have GERD before sleeve gastrectomy developed the condition
after their procedure.
"The fact that this
surgery is contributing to reflux is a bit of a wake-up call that we need to at
least be a little bit more selective in who is a good candidate for sleeve
gastrectomy," said Dr John Lipham, an associate professor of surgery at
the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles.
"The fact of the
matter is [GERD] is a serious medical condition and it can lead to a lot of
complications," Lipham said.
A pouch at the top of the stomach
Sleeve gastrectomy procedure
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Symptoms after surgery
"Somebody who has
significant reflux symptoms, or GERD, a sleeve may not be the best option for
them, and it's certainly something that needs to be discussed before
surgery," he said.
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