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What Can I Expect After Fundoplication Surgery?

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Updated November 29, 2007

Question: What Can I Expect After Fundoplication Surgery?
Answer:

During surgery, a nasogastric tube (NG tube) is placed in the stomach through the nose and throat. Some surgeons leave this tube in for a few days after surgery, while other surgeons choose not to.

There is typically a one- to three-day hospital stay after a laparoscopic surgery, and a two- to six-day recovery with the "open" procedure.

Eating small, frequent meals while avoiding foods that trigger heartburn are important both during recovery and afterwards. Foods to avoid include:

  • Fried foods
  • Fatty foods
  • Citrus fruits
  • Tomato products
  • Caffeine
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Citrus fruit drinks
  • Chocolate
  • Peppermint
  • Pepper

Sources:

"Heartburn Or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)" American College of Gastroenterology. 25 Nov 2007.

"Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)" NIH Publication No. 03 07-0882 May 2007. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). 25 Nov 2007.

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