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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a selection of questions split up into Acid Reflux Disease, Hernia Surgery and Gallstone Surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions on Acid Reflux Disease

Who can have this operation?

Anyone who is suffering from severe reflux disease that is affecting their quality of life and has not been able to be control it in spite of being on full medical treatment. Also those who are unable to take medication due to side effects.

Is the operation done by Keyhole?

Yes, the majority of patients are operated on using the Keyhole technique. In my own practice 99% of patients have Keyhole Surgery.

How long will I be in hospital?

The majority of patients would stay in the hospital after their operation for one or two nights. At the time of discharge the patient will have seen the dietician who will give advice about the dietary intake during the post-op recovery.

Will there be a lot of pain after the operation?

There will be a relative amount of pain and discomfort after the operation however you will be given painkillers that will control the pain very effectively to ensure your discomfort is reduced. The majority of patients are up and about with minimal pain with in a few days of the operation and usually stop taking pain relief by the end of the week.

How long before my diet can return to normal?

The dietician will give you advice regarding your diet in the recovery period. This usually consists of a soft and liquid diet in the first few weeks that gradually returns to normal diet at around 6 weeks in most cases.

How long will it be before I can drive again?

The patient is usually advised not to drive within the first week. If pain and discomfort is not a problem within the second week of post-op then you should be able to drive. Long distance and prolonged driving should be avoided during the first few weeks.

When can I return to work?

In most cases you should be able to return to work with in 4 weeks after the procedure unless the work requires heavy lifting and strenuous activity, in those situations a slow return to work is advised and heavy lifting should be avoided for 6-8 weeks.

Would I still need to take medication for reflux?

No the operation is there to provide a cure to your reflux problem and you will be advised to stop taking medication soon after your operation.

Frequently Asked Questions on Hernia Surgery

Who can have this operation?

Most of the patients who have an inguinal hernia can have an operation for it. In elderly unfit patients if an operation is required it can be done under local anaesthesia.

Is the operation done by Keyhole?

Yes, I recommend Laparoscopic Hernia Operations (Keyhole) in all patients who have Hernias on both sides, those who have developed recurrent hernias and young, fit patients who have no extra risk from general anaesthesia.

How long will I be in hospital?

The operation is done as a day case for most of the patients and so they will be able to return home that same day.

Will there be a lot of pain after the operation?

Pain is minimum after Keyhole operations however you will be given painkillers to reduce any discomfort. The majority of patients pain will be controlled with minimal medication within one to two days.

How long will it be before I can drive again?

The patient is usually advised not to drive within the first week. If pain and discomfort is not a problem within the second week of post-op then you should be able to drive. Long distance and prolonged driving should be avoided during the first few weeks.

When can I return to work?

In most cases you should be able to return to work with in 4 weeks after the procedure unless the work requires heavy lifting and strenuous activity, in those situations a slow return to work is advised and heavy lifting should be avoided for 6-8 weeks. Laparoscopic Hernia patients could be back to doing sedentary work within two weeks of the operation.

Frequently Asked Questions on Gallstone Surgery

Who can have this operation?

If patient has gallstones that are giving symptoms then they can have the operation. Operation requires the Patient to be put to sleep. The patient therefore has to be fit for General Anesthesia.

Is the operation done by Keyhole?

In 98% of cases the operation is done by keyhole.

How long will I be in hospital?

The majority of patients go home within the same day or within 24 hour of the operation.

Will there be a lot of pain after the operation?

Pain is minimum after Keyhole operations however you will be given painkillers to reduce any discomfort. The majority of patients’ pain will be controlled with minimal medication within one to two days.

How long will it be before I can drive again?

The patient is usually advised not to drive within the first week. If pain and discomfort is not a problem in the second week of the operation then you should be able to drive.

When can I return to work?

In most cases you should be able to return to work within 3 - 4 weeks after the operation. If work requires heavy duty then longer rest may be required.

Would I have any problems after the operation if I have no Gall Bladder?

If the patient’s gallbladder has stones it is most likely not working. Most patients after the removal of gallbladder feel better as their previous symptoms have disappeared. There are usually no problems with eating and no other symptoms due to not having a gallbladder. In short you won’t miss your gallbladder! In 5% of patients may experience some abdominal bloating and diarrhea after the operation. In the majority of cases these symptoms usually settle within 2 – 3 months. In a small number of cases these symptoms may persist and the patient may require medication to control this.

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