• Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery

    Do you suffer from heartburn?

    If you have heartburn, your condition may be a symptom of a more complicated issue – gastroesophageal reflux disease, which is often called GERD. The good news is there are treatment options that can effectively treat GERD, including laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery.

    What is GERD, and what are the symptoms?

    For some people, diet and other lifestyle choices may contribute to GERD. Others are born with a naturally weak sphincter, the muscle that, when functioning normally, keeps stomach acids from moving back into the esophagus from the stomach.

    Though symptoms can be different from one person to another, some of the most common ones include:

    • Heartburn, which may radiate from the ribs or just below the neck through the chest and into the throat and neck
    • Vomiting
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Chronic coughing or wheezing

    You can read more about GERD symptoms, risks and how it is diagnosed here.

    Why laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery?

    When lifestyle changes or medications aren't enough to control GERD – or when medications have to be taken continuously to control the symptoms – your primary care provider or surgeon may recommend laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery. You may also hear it referred to as laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication or just lap Nissen.

    This procedure involves reinforcing the sphincter, which acts as a valve between the esophagus and the stomach.

    And because it uses very small incisions – only 1/4 to 1/2 inch – laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery has many potential benefits when compared to traditional open surgery, including:

    • Less pain after surgery
    • Shorter hospital stay
    • Faster return to work
    • Less scarring

    Learn more about laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery.

    Where can I find laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery?

    Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery is offered at:

    Is laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery right for me?

    Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery offers many benefits, but it may not be the best option for some patients. Since individual results may vary, it's important to discuss treatment and surgical options, as well as the risks and benefits of each with your physician.

    In consultation with your primary care physician or gastroenterologist, a surgeon qualified in laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery can help determine if the procedure is appropriate for you.

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