Antireflux Surgery, also known as fundoplication surgery, is a surgical procedure performed to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and its symptoms. GERD is a condition where stomach acids and other contents flow back up into the esophagus, which can cause a variety of symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, cough, and difficulty swallowing.
"During antireflux surgery, the surgeon wraps the upper part of the stomach around the lower part of the esophagus and secures it in place with sutures.
Do you suffer from heartburn, chest pain, or difficulty eating? Antireflux surgery may be the solution you need to enjoy life without discomfort!
There are different types of fundoplication, including Nissen fundoplication, Toupet partial fundoplication, and Dor fundoplication. Nissen fundoplication is the most common type of fundoplication and is usually performed through an incision in the abdomen. Toupet partial fundoplication and Dor fundoplication are less invasive and are performed through smaller incisions in the abdomen.
Antireflux surgery is considered an option for those patients who have persistent symptoms of GERD despite medical treatment and lifestyle changes. It may also be an option for those patients who do not wish to take reflux medications long-term.
The surgeon will perform an endoscopy beforehand to evaluate your individualized treatment as surgery is not the first-line treatment for GERD. We will also recommend changes in diet, weight loss, and medications to decrease acid. When these treatments are ineffective or there are serious complications with GERD such as Barrett's esophagus, surgery is the primary recommendation.
If you suffer from these types of discomforts, at Obesity not 4 me we can help you evaluate if you are a good candidate for this surgery that will improve your quality of life and prevent long-term health consequences.