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Alleviate Heartburn & GERD Symptoms

Acid reflux surgery, also known as anti-reflux surgery or GERD surgery, is a procedure performed to treat chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and its associated symptoms. It involves reinforcing the weakened lower esophageal sphincter, the muscular ring that prevents stomach acid from flowing back into the esophagus. By improving the function of this valve, reflux surgery can alleviate heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, and discomfort. It’s meant for individuals who have not found sufficient relief from medications or lifestyle changes.

Signs & Symptoms of GERD:

  • Frequent heartburn or a burning sensation in the chest
  • Acidic taste in the mouth or regurgitation of food or sour liquid
  • Difficulty swallowing or a sensation of food getting stuck in the throat
  • Chronic cough or hoarseness
  • Sore throat or persistent throat clearing
  • Asthma-like symptoms, such as wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Disrupted sleep due to nighttime reflux or coughing
  • Chest pain that may mimic a heart attack (seek immediate medical attention)
  • Recurrent pneumonia or respiratory infections
  • Dental erosion or bad breath (halitosis)

What Happens During GERD Surgery?

During GERD surgery, several techniques can be employed depending on your specific case. The most common procedure is called fundoplication, where the upper part of your stomach is wrapped around the lower esophagus to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter. This helps prevent stomach acid from flowing back into your esophagus. Below, we describe some of the possible surgical techniques for acid reflux and GERD surgery.

The Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) Method

The Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) method is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In this procedure, no external incisions are made, as it is performed entirely through the mouth. Using a specialized device, the surgeon reconstructs and strengthens the weakened lower esophageal sphincter (LES), reducing the occurrence of acid reflux. The TIF method offers a shorter recovery time, less scarring, and a reduced risk of complications compared to traditional surgical approaches.

The LINX Method

The LINX method is a simple and effective procedure for GERD. It involves implanting a small, flexible ring of magnets called LINX. When you swallow, the magnets open to allow food and drink to pass through the lower esophagus. However, when reflux occurs, the magnetic beads prevent acid from escaping up the esophagus, providing relief from heartburn. If you’re seeking an alternative treatment for GERD, the LINX method may be worth considering.

Candidates for Acid Reflux Surgery:

  • Individuals with chronic GERD not adequately controlled with medications or lifestyle changes
  • Those who experience persistent symptoms, such as frequent heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, or difficulty swallowing
  • Patients who wish to reduce or eliminate their dependence on long-term medication use
  • Individuals with a weakened lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that allows stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus
  • People who have developed complications of GERD, such as Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal strictures, or respiratory issues
  • Candidates who have undergone previous unsuccessful GERD treatments, such as endoscopic procedures or medications
  • Individuals in overall good health and suitable for surgery, as determined by an evaluation

GERD Surgery Aftercare Guidelines:

  • Follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding medication use, including any prescribed acid-reducing medications or pain management medications.
  • Stick to a modified diet as advised by your healthcare provider, which may include consuming smaller, more frequent meals and avoiding certain trigger foods or beverages.
  • Take steps to maintain a healthy weight, as excess weight can contribute to GERD symptoms. Your healthcare provider may provide guidance on appropriate diet and exercise.
  • Avoid strenuous activities or heavy lifting for the recommended duration.
  • Keep the incision sites clean and dry as per your surgeon’s instructions.
  • Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress.
  • Communicate with your surgeon about any persistent or new symptoms.
  • Make lifestyle changes to support long-term relief, such as quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol, and practicing stress management techniques.
  • Engage in light physical activity as recommended by your surgeon.

The Nissen Fundoplication Method

The Nissen Fundoplication method is a surgical procedure aimed at providing relief from chronic heartburn caused by severe gastroesophageal reflux. Our surgeon performs this minimally invasive surgery through four small incisions. The procedure involves wrapping the upper part of the stomach around the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to strengthen it. With a success rate of around 90%, Nissen Fundoplication offers a long-lasting solution for reflux symptoms.

Schedule Your Consultation

Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, led by board-certified surgeon Dr. Moore, invites you to schedule a consultation at our Stone Ridge location. If you’re struggling with persistent heartburn, GERD, or reflux symptoms, our team is here to provide expert guidance and personalized treatment options. Let us help you regain control of your digestive health and improve your quality of life.

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