Incisionless Acid Reflux Surgery
Gastroesophageal reflux, also known as acid reflux, occurs when the stomach contents reflux or back up into the esophagus and/or mouth. Reflux is a normal process; most episodes are brief and do not cause bothersome symptoms or complications.
People with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) experience symptoms as a result of reflux. Symptoms can include heartburn, vomiting or pain with swallowing. The reflux of stomach acid can affect vocal cords or even be inhaled into the lungs (called aspiration).
Diagnosing acid reflux disease
- Esophageal Manometry is a test used to assess the need for anti-reflux surgery. This study only takes about 10-15 minutes. A brief history will be obtained, and any questions or concerns will be addressed prior to the study.
- Ambulatory 24-hour pH-Z monitoring is another highly effectively diagnostic tool that measures and records the amount and severity of stomach contents backing up into the esophagus and can detect if the content of the reflux is acidic or nonacidic.
Two surgical options available at WVMC
When simple dietary and lifestyle changes, nonprescription medications and even stronger, prescription medications can’t effectively control acid reflux, surgical treatment is available:
- Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication is the most common procedure. It involves wrapping the upper
part of the stomach around the lower end of the esophagus.
- Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication re-creates an anti-reflux valve and tightens the lower esophageal sphincter. Performed with the patient under general
anesthesia, a device is introduced through the mouth and into the esophagus.
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