- About Gallstones
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Questions and Complications
- About Hiatal Hernia
- Diagnosis and Testing
- Diagnosis Q and A
- Non-Surgical Treatment Options
- Treatment Options: Medication
- Anti-Reflux Surgery
- When Is Surgery Necessary?
- Complications During Surgery
- Surgery Side Effects and Failure Rate
- General Preoperative Instructions
- Postoperative Expectations
- Postoperative Expectations: What to Expect at Home
What is a Hernia?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Open Surgery Versus Laparoscopy
- About Anesthesia
- Possible Complications
- Open Hernia Surgery Recovery FAQ
- Open Hernia Surgery
- Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
- Anti-Reflux Surgery
- Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
- Ventral Hernia
- About Inguinal Hernias
- Recovering from Laparoscopic Hernia Repair: Patient Guide
- Recovering from Open Hernia Repair: Patient Guide
- Patient Guide: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Patient Guide: Incisional, Umbilical and Ventral Hernias
- Patient Guide: Inguinal Hernia Repair
- Patient Guide: Achalasia
- Patient Guide: Diseases of the Spleen and Splenectomy
- Dietary Guidelines
- Activity Guidelines
- About Steroids
- About the Spleen
- When to Contact Us
Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, also known as the laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication procedure, is performed to correct gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a digestive disorder caused by gastric acid surging upward from the stomach into the esophagus. Acid reflux ("heartburn") occurs when the valve separating the stomach and the esophagus relaxes and does not shut properly.
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GERD can be congenital, the result of a hiatal hernia, or caused by lifestyle choices including diet, smoking, alcohol consumption or even certain changes in body position. Prior to consideration of surgical options, GERD is usually treated through changing or eliminating certain behavior. Drug therapy is the next step in treatment, but for patients who do not respond to prescribed medication or who do not wish to be on a long-term drug regimen, surgery is a viable option.
The laparoscopic method has enhanced heartburn surgery by providing a lasting cure with reduced pain, improved cosmetic results and faster recovery time. Operating through small incisions and using videoscopic surgery to reinforce the valve between the stomach and the esophagus, laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery is a popular alternative to the traditional "open" method.
Although the laparoscopic approach has many advantages, it may not be appropriate for patients. Consult one of The Miriam Hospital's trained surgeons for a medical evaluation to determine whether or not laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery is your best option.