What happens after surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Most patients having surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease are able to return home the first or second day after laparoscopic surgery, and return to work  4 to 7 days after the open operation. A soft diet is recommended for several weeks after surgery. Return to full activity usually takes 1 to 2 weeks following most laparoscopic anti-reflux repairs and 4 to 6 weeks after an open repair. For about 2 weeks after your surgery, you will need to take an acid reducing medication such as Zantac. A follow up appointment should be made with your surgeon 7 to 10 days after discharge so that your questions can be answered, your progress can be assessed and you can be examined. 

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