This list of dressings is not exhaustive. For more comprehensive information on dressings for people with reflux, please see the section below that lists all the dressings.
The following is a general guide to some of the most commonly recommended dressings.
- Saline solution. Saline solution is not a traditional dressing, but it is often recommended to people with reflux and GERD.
- Aspirin. Aspirin is the most commonly used medication for GERD. However, it can cause ulceration of the esophagus and stomach and should not be taken for long periods of time.
- Prilosec. Prilosec is a prescription medication that is used primarily to treat GERD. In some cases, it can also be used as a topical treatment for other conditions, such as hives and eczema.
- H2 Receptor Blocker (ex. famotidine). H2 blockers (ex. famotidine) are used to treat heartburn and GERD. They do not directly treat ulcers, but they can make ulcers less severe.
- Antacids. Antacids are a group of medications that neutralize acid in the stomach and lower the risk of ulcers.
How do I prepare for a dressing change?
When you first arrive at the clinic, you will be asked to change into a gown. A nurse will measure your height and weight, and they will determine the appropriate size dressing. The nurse will then apply the dressing and apply a bandage over the dressing to prevent contact.
Once the bandage is applied, you will be asked to change into your regular clothing.
What are the possible side effects and risks of a dressing change?
The main side effect of a dressing change is pressure and pain from the bandage or dressing. In rare cases, a person may experience a hematoma (blood accumulating under the bandage) or the formation of an abscess (bacteria build up under the bandage). If you experience these symptoms, do not place the dressing back into place unless you have been instructed to do so by your doctor.
What is the best dressing for people with GERD?
Most people with GERD can be treated with a combination of medication and diet. The following medications can help reduce GERD symptoms. They are also known as H2 blockers, proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs.
- H2 blockers. Examples of H2 blockers include cimetidine (Tagamet), famotidine (Pepcid), nizatidine (Axid), and lansoprazole (Prevacid).
- Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs such as omeprazole (Prilosec) and lansoprazole (Prevacid), reduce acid production in the stomach.
How do I prepare for a surgery?
Your surgical procedure may require you to stay in the hospital for a few days. You will be given special instructions about your diet, medications, and discharge plan. In some cases, you may be given a prescription medication to take before surgery. You may also be given a prescription to take after surgery.
What are my responsibilities after surgery?
You will be given a hospital ID bracelet. You must wear this at all times while you are in the hospital. You can wear this for a few days after surgery but must wear it for at least a month after your surgery.
You will be asked to report to your doctor’s office every two weeks, and you will need to bring a list of doctors’ appointments and medications you take.
You will not be able to use your cell phone while you are in the hospital.
During your stay in the hospital, you will be required to wear a hospital gown. You may use a slipper or socks.
You will need to give your consent to have your blood drawn and to have blood work done. You will be able to get blood work and an electrocardiogram (ECG) done. These tests are necessary to check for post-surgical problems.
You will need to be able to communicate to your family that you are not able to be left alone.
You should also report to the hospital if you feel dizzy, faint, or confused.
What should I expect before and after a surgery?
You may have difficulty eating or sleeping after surgery. You will be given a prescription for pain medication.
You will be taken to the operating room after signing a consent form. You will be given anesthesia before the surgery. The surgery is usually an hour or two. You will be able to eat and drink, and you will be able to talk if you wish during the surgery.
Your surgeon will make a small incision in the abdomen and remove the portion of the stomach that is causing your symptoms. They may remove other parts of the stomach as well.
You will have a tube placed into your stomach to drain the stomach.
You will need to stay in the hospital for one to two days after the surgery.
You may have some pain after the surgery, and you may have some drainage of fluid from your wound.
You may feel dizzy or faint, but you should not worry about this.
What are the common complications of a surgery?
Complications of surgery can vary depending on the type of surgery. The following complications can occur after surgery:
- Bleeding. Bleeding can be from the incision or the incision site. It can occur from an abnormally high vessel in the stomach or from the formation of an ulcer.
- Infection. Infection can also occur at the incision site.
- Bleeding into the peritoneum. The peritoneum is the lining of the abdomen. It contains thin blood vessels and organs.
- Blood clots. Blood clots in the veins and arteries can cause stroke.
What is the recovery time and care for a surgery?
After surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room. This room may be large, and it may be on the second floor or the first floor of the hospital.
You will be given IV medication to help you stay calm. You may also be given an IV to give you pain medication.
You will begin eating and drinking as soon as you leave the recovery room. You may have a tube in your stomach to drain any fluids that have collected.
You may have some pain with this procedure. You will be given pain medication and may be given a prescription for pain medication.
You may experience dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.
You may be given a tube through your nose to help you breathe.
Surgery can be very successful if done by an experienced surgeon. It depends on how severe your condition is and the type of surgery.
Surgery can be a long and difficult process, but it can be very successful. Keep in mind that it is not unusual for surgery to be complicated by a difficult or complicated postoperative course.
The patient’s overall health and the success of the surgery will be the most important factors in deciding whether or not to have surgery.
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