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06 February 2014

Weight-loss surgery may not ease chronic heartburn

Obese people who are considering weight-loss surgery should choose their procedure carefully if they hope to be free of chronic heartburn.

Obese 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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Weight-loss surgery lowers heart risks

Pros, cons of weight-loss surgery

Weight-loss surgery grows in popularity


 

 
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