Recovering After Acid Reflux Surgery

Surgical treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is highly effective. Around 80% of those who have surgery get relief for symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation and bloating. While the procedure is a relatively easy one, you will still need a bit of time to recover. After your surgery you should expect certain changes to your daily routine and diet, such as:

  • If your surgery is done laproscopically, you will feel some pain from the dissipating gases. You will probably be released from the hospital the day after your surgery. Your doctor will probably advise you to take it easy for a week before returning to work and other activities.
  • You’ll be on a restricted diet for several weeks. At first, you will only be able to consume liquids. Juices, broth and decaffeinated tea are all that you should consume while you are restricted to clear liquids. In the three or four days that follow, you can add soft foods such as yogurt, milk and strained soups such as cream of chicken.
  • Depending on how you are feeling, you can gradually add more foods to your diet. Soft fish, cheese and pancakes are some foods you will probably be able to tolerate. You will probably experience some discomfort when you first add a new food. Just take it easy, keep your portions small, and don’t push yourself too much.
  • There are a number of foods and drinks you should avoid while recovering from GERD surgery. Do not consume alcohol, caffeinated drinks or carbonated drinks. You will also not be able to tolerate tough cuts of meat, crusty or chewy breads, raw vegetables and seeds at first. Eat several small meals each day instead of three large ones to prevent putting stress on the surgical site.

After your acid reflux surgery, you will be able to return to your normal diet within about eight weeks. Treat yourself to a pleasurable but sensible meal at one of Atlanta’s many restaurants, and enjoy your new pain and hassle free ability to enjoy your dinner!

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