Preparation and Recovery From Antireflux Surgery

Many people experience acid reflux from time to time. However, when acid reflux happens repeatedly over time and causes you constant discomfort, you might be suffering from a condition called GERD.

GERD discomfort can be managed with lifestyle changes and medications. In some cases, this is not enough, in which case the experts at Suburban Surgical Associates and Suburban Metabolic Institute might suggest surgical treatment. We offer antireflux surgery in La Grange, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL, to help you find relief.

Surgery Preparation

Preparing for your surgery starts with understanding how it works. Your doctor will let you know what to expect during your fundoplication which is what antireflux surgery is called. The surgery is usually minimally invasive and done through very small incisions. The doctor will strengthen the LES valve which helps prevent stomach juices from flowing back into the esophagus. 

In rare cases, your surgeon might determine that the minimally invasive approach is unsafe for your case. Instead, they will use one larger incision rather than several small ones.

Your doctor will also perform a few standard tests in the days leading up to surgery. Some of these are to ensure that the heart and lungs are healthy and that there are no problems with other conditions like anemia. These tests might include, a chest x-ray, a complete blood count, a blood panel, and an electrocardiogram

Your doctor will also ask you to prepare for surgery by:

  • Not eating or drinking after midnight the night before your surgery. In the morning, you may take medications your surgeon told you are allowed. Take these with just a sip of water.
  • Stopping smoking 4 to 6 weeks before the operation to reduce the chance you develop an infection.
  • Taking a shower the night before surgery and/or the same morning. Your surgeon might ask you to use an antibiotic soap.
  • Stopping certain medications before surgery. These include blood thinners, supplements, and medicines that affect your immune system or blood pressure. Talk to your surgeon when you schedule your laparoscopic GERD surgery.

Recovery From Antireflux Surgery in Elmhurst and Hinsdale, IL

After your surgery is complete you will need someone to drive you home. You might also need someone to stay with you while you recover. While you can go back to light activities around the house after your surgery, you will want to avoid strenuous activities or heavy lifting for at least a month. You will also have to come in for follow-up visits so your doctor can keep an eye on your recovery and give you approval to go back to your everyday activities, including exercise. 

Contact Your Doctor

Book your antireflux surgery in La Grange, Elmhurst, and Hinsdale, IL, with confidence at the Suburban Surgical Associates and Suburban Metabolic Institute. You can reach us by calling (708) 484-0621 today.

Please call our office number (708)484-0621 for all questions and appointment requests.