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I had my VSG on 4/12, and I have to say, it’s been quite a rocky recovery so far. Lots of nausea, exhaustion, and a strange thing that happens almost every time I eat something. It kind of mimics heartburn, with hiccuping and a “stuck” feeling in my throat, but it almost feels like pressure from inside my stomach. Like my stomach is an inflating balloon. I’m following all the guidelines for puréed foods (taking pea-sized bites, eating over the span of about a half-hour, waiting an hour to drink anything, etc.), but it’s still happening. My doctor has not offered a lot of explanation, other than to say it’s probably just my stomach adjusting.

Has anyone else experienced this? Does it go away? Am I just being impatient with my body in recovery? Any additional insight would be really helpful. Thanks!

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Has your surgeon put you on an antacid or PPI like Pepcid or anything like that? I know a lot of surgeons do as a precaution to deal with stomach acid after the surgery.

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Yes, what you're describing is very common and for most people, it does go away as the tummy heals and swelling goes down. It's usually just a matter of waiting it out, but occasionally, people develop a complication called a "stricture". This is a narrowing in the digestive tract that doesn't allow food to pass through and it sometimes requires treatment to widen it and relieve the problem. But most commonly, when the swelling goes down, that feeling of everything getting stuck goes away on its own. Hang in there, and if it doesn't improve, check in again with your surgeon's office.

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Thanks so much for the responses!

Yes, I have been taking omeprazole since the day after my surgery, and dexilant before that. I’m a life-long acid reflux sufferer. 😞

I’ve been warned about stricture and I’m hoping hoping hoping that’s not what this is. I will definitely take note if things don’t improve. 👍

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I had my sleeve done back Jan 4th an I still can only have 3 or 4 bites an I get sick, it’s like stuck in my throat, I will throw it up an get some pain in chest etc just so friggin uncomfortable to eat.

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