Study shows Benefits of EsophyX Surgery for GERD

Posted: Dec 21 in Surgery Blog tagged by Staff

EsophyX surgery is a surgery that corrects the causes of GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Like the similar stomaphyX surgery, the EsophyX surgery is also incisionless. The surgery is actually called Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication and the instrument that performs it is called the EsophyX.

The EsophyX instrument is guided down the patient’s mouth and throat by the surgeon with the use of an endoscope. At the junction of the esophagus and the stomach, folds of tissue are gathered together like pleats, and then are stapled to make the anti-reflux valve that tightens the lower esophageal sphincter and effectively stops GERD. A hiatal hernia, which very often accompanies gastroesophageal reflux disease, can also be treated at this time. This operation has a very high success rate. In fact, two years following the operation 85% of patients no longer experience regular heartburn symptoms and 79% of patients no longer have to take proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, every day.

The procedure is for patients who suffer from heartburn more than once a week and no longer want to take PPIs, either because they’re worried about the long term risks of taking them, or because they no longer work as well, or they’re simply tired of having to take them every day.

Because the procedure has no internal or external incisions, the complications and risks are much less than would be seen in more invasive surgery like the Nissen procedure. In many cases, the patient can resume something of their normal activities within about a day or two, though there will be some discomfort for a few days and they’ll have to be on a special diet for a short time. Overall, the EsophyX procedure has been shown to be incredibly successful in the treatment of GERD, and may be able to help you overcome your frequent heartburn and acid reflux symptoms.

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