Fundoplication, commonly known as reflux surgery, is a surgical procedure used to correct problems of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It may also be used on patients with esophagitis or to repair a hiatal hernia. This procedure prevents acid from traveling back into the esophagus by strengthening the valve between the esophagus and stomach.
Laparoscopic Anti-reflux surgery involves reinforcement of the dysfunctional LES. Five small incisions are created, and a laparoscope is used as a camera to visualize and magnify the abdominal contents to monitors outside of the body. Long thin instruments are used to wrap the top of stomach around the lower portion of the esophagus to recreate and reinforce the dysfunctional LES.
Advantages of the Procedure
The advantages of laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery include:
- A smaller incision
- Less pain
- Shorter hospital stay
- Lower chance of future hernia formation
- Earlier return to work and normal activities