Acid Reflux Surgery

What is Reflux?

Location of the stomach

Acid reflux will affect almost everyone at least once in a while, but for many people it is more than an occasional inconvenience. People with GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, suffer from the painful symptoms of acid reflux frequently and often need to turn to medication or other treatment options to find relief. Acid reflux surgery provides people with a long-term solution to this chronic problem.

What causes acid reflux?

Many factors can increase the risk of acid reflux and the exact causes aren’t clear. What we do know is that acid reflux occurs when stomach acids and food

Stomach and Esophagus

 flow back up into the esophagus from the stomach, often causing a burning sensation in the chest. In a healthy digestive system, a muscular valve known as the lower esophageal sphincter between the stomach and the esophagus should prevent this reflux from happening. If the LES malfunctions, either from added pressure on the stomach or because the muscle of the LES has been weakened, reflux can occur.

Treating GERD with acid reflux surgery

Acid reflux surgery addresses the underlying problems that allow reflux to occur, specifically targeting the weakened LES. The most common types of acid reflux surgery are:

  • Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication: this procedure requires a series of small incisions and special surgical instruments to repair any hiatal hernias and strengthen the juncture between the stomach and esophagus. The top portion of the stomach is essentially wrapped around the lower part of the esophagus and sutured into place.
  • Incisionless Fundoplication using EsophyX: this procedure requires no incisions and involves inserting an EsophyX, a special surgical instrument, into the mouth and down the esophagus. The EsophyX is then used to create and fasten folds in the stomach around the esophagus.