Five weeks ago I had 18 inches of my sigmoid colon removed by laparoscopically due to repeated bouts of diverticulitis. Four weeks post op I came down with a severe case of heartburn. Since I was still not eating "normal" foods I was totally surprised at the severity of heartburn. Prior to the resection I have never had GERD/Acid Reflux/hearburn.
I called my surgeon who referred me back to my GI doctor. I asked both doctors if the heartburn could be related to the surgery as again I have never had this prior. Both said they did not believe there was a correlation to the hearburn and resection. The GI doctor put me on Aciphex for 6 days which did not work and put me on Nexium 40 mg twice daily yesterday which does not seem to be working either as I have to take rolaids about 5 hours after taking the Nexium.
Can you tell me:
1. Have you ever heard of hearburn/GERD starting after a bowel resection
2. Why isn't a PPI, at this strength, supressing the acid
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