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Hiatal hernia after stomach surgery - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Years ago I had Stomach surgery and 2/3 of my stomach was removed with most of my acid producing glands.I now have a stomach about the size of my fist.It is very easy to overeat.I now have a problem with belching every second or two for hours after I eat.After looking at my stomach with a scope they found that the muscles in my stomach are not working and that I have a upper hernia.Where does all this gas I am belching up come from and is it getting into my lungs as I am having lung problems and shortness of breath?
Doctor :   the gas can be produced either due to the absorption process in the stomach and intestines
Doctor :   it is not getting into the lungs as there is no connection between them
Doctor :   it is usual to have a hiatus hernia and associated gastric reflux after a stomach procedure
Doctor :   the shortness of breath could be due to other reasons due to fatigue or other reasons
Doctor :   the bloating can be reduced by taking antacids lie tums, or mylanta
Doctor :   in addition omeprazole can be used to reduce the acid secretion
Doctor :   also, taking activated charcoal tablets 500 mg twice daily will help to reduce the symptoms due to bloating

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