Antireflux Surgery

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.

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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.

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Am I a candidate for antireflux surgery?

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.

Benefits of Antireflux Surgery

  • Relief of reflux symptoms: Antireflux surgery can effectively relieve symptoms of GERD, including heartburn, regurgitation, cough, and chest pain.
  • Improved quality of life: By reducing or eliminating reflux symptoms, antireflux surgery can improve the quality of life of patients, allowing them to enjoy their daily activities without pain or discomfort.
  • Reduction in medication use: After antireflux surgery, many patients can reduce or even eliminate the use of reflux medications, which reduces the risk of long-term side effects.
  • Prevention of long-term complications: Untreated GERD can cause serious long-term complications, such as Barrett's esophagus or esophageal cancer. Antireflux surgery can help prevent these complications by treating the underlying cause of GERD.
  • Improvement in swallowing: In some cases, GERD can cause difficulty swallowing. Antireflux surgery can improve swallowing function and help patients swallow more easily.
  • Effective long-term treatment: Anti-reflux surgery is a long-term solution for GERD and its symptoms. Many patients experience lasting improvement in their symptoms after surgery.
  • Greater freedom in the diet: Patients who suffer from reflux often have to limit their diet due to symptoms. After antireflux surgery, many patients can eat foods they previously avoided due to reflux.
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