How is GERD surgery performed?
Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery for GERD may involve a procedure to reinforce the lower esophageal sphincter, called Nissen fundoplication. In this procedure, the surgeon wraps the top of the stomach around the lower esophagus after reducing the hiatal hernia, if present.
How successful is GERD surgery?
The success rate for the minimally invasive surgery is 90 to 95 percent for patients who have the typical symptoms of GERD, such as heartburn, regurgitation, or belching.
What type of surgery is done for acid reflux?
The main surgery for stubborn heartburn is called fundoplication. The surgeon can either directly touch the parts of your body they’re working on (open fundoplication), or they can use special tools, including a thin tube with a light and camera called a laparoscope, to operate on you from the outside.
Is GERD surgery permanent?
GERD can weaken the muscles that help move food down into your stomach, including the sphincter that closes the opening between the esophagus and stomach. Fundoplication helps strengthen this opening to prevent food and acid from going back up. This procedure is usually successful and has a good long-term outlook.
How much does GERD surgery cost?
Surgery for GERD may cost anywhere between $7,000 and $22,000. 9 The Nissen fundoplication is the most common procedure that is used and may be covered by insurance. Check with your insurance carrier about the cost of this surgery and what is covered.
How long does acid reflux surgery take?
The surgery may take around three hours, after which a patient may take a few more hours to recover from anesthesia. A Nissen fundoplication is a surgical procedure that treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux disease or hiatus hernia.
How long is GERD surgery recovery?
How quickly you recover depends on which type of surgery you had. After laparoscopic surgery, most people can go back to work or their normal routine in about 2 to 3 weeks, depending on their work. After open surgery, you may need 4 to 6 weeks to get back to your normal routine.
What are the side effects of GERD surgery?
As with any surgery, there are risks and complications of GERD surgery, including :
- problems swallowing if the stomach wraps around the esophagus too tightly.
- the esophagus moving so that the stomach no longer supports the valve.
- heartburn that returns.
- bloating, discomfort, or excess gas.
How long does GERD operation last?
It is because the operation prevents reflux from the stomach into the oesophagus that we call the procedure ‘antireflux surgery’. The operation usually takes between 1 and 1½ hours.
Can surgery cure GERD?
Surgery is very effective in treating GERD. The most common operation for GERD is called a fundoplication. Doctors have done this surgery through an open incision in the belly since the late 1950’s, and with a minimally-invasive approach using multiple small incisions since the 1990s.