Heartburn for the First Time 27 Years After VBG (Vertical Banded Gastroplasty)

by Dave
(Atlanta, GA, USA)


It’s been 27 years since my VBG (Vertical Banded Gastroplasty). For the first time, within the last 2-3 weeks I’ve experienced a burning/uncomfortable ‘sore throat’. It doesn’t matter what I eat/drink. I’ve NEVER had heartburn before!

What could this be?


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California Bariatric and General Surgery and Associates Arcadia CA

by: Dr. Troy LaMar

Hi Dave,

Wow, sure sounds like things have gone well for a long time after your VBG. If you are experiencing a sore throat, I am assuming you mean reflux, or acidy-type symptoms.

Initially, try taking some over the counter antacids.

If this doesn't help, then you definitely need to see your surgeon (or a new bariatric surgeon) for initial evaluation.

You could have an ulcer, a dilated esophagus, or a breakdown of your original staple line. You most likely will need an upper endoscopy to evaluate for the above mentioned possibilities.

Good luck,
Troy LaMar MD

los angeles bariatric surgeon

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by: Patrick

HI Dave,

There is another great doctor response to a similar question on this website. Check out /gerd-after-the-vertical-sleeve-gastrectomy-gastric-sleeve.html to see a different response that talks about how long it lasts and more treatment options.


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