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Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Correction or Anti-Reflux Surgery)
There are some patients suffering from gatroesophageal reflux disease that may benefit from Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication (also called anti-reflux surgery or gastroesophageal reflux disease correction).
This procedure is performed to provide relief from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) after dietary changes and various medications have failed. This procedure is the reinforcement of the valve between the esophagus and stomach by wrapping the upper portion of the stomach around the lowest portion of the esophagus.
The surgeon makes approximately ¼- to ½-inch long incisions and inserts a trocar (hollow tube). Then the abdomen is filled with carbon dioxide gas to allow visualization of the abdominal organs. The laparoscope—connected to a tiny video camera—is inserted to provide an up-close view of the patient’s internal organs, which are displayed on a monitor.
Preop testing may be required, including esophageal manometry, upper endoscopy and a 24-hour pH probe study.
Patients can expect to be hospitalized for 24 to 36 hours and may have trouble swallowing for a few days. This procedure usually results in patients returning to regular food and stopping acid medications.
Advantages for patients to have this laparoscopic procedure include reduced operative pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster return to work and an improved cosmetic result.
Talk to your doctor to see if you are a candidate for laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication or make an appointment by calling 1.877.UT.CARES (1.877.882.2737).