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what is Anti-Reflux Surgery?
Patients with Gatroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), heartburn and swallowing disorders are often treated with medications. There is potential for side effects with long term usage of proton pump inhibitors. For patients who still have symptoms despite medications, have side effects from the medications, want to be off the medications or have complications of GERD (such as severe esophagitis or Barrett’s esophagus), Anti-Reflux Surgery may be indicated.
All operations are typically done with minimally invasive techniques, whether laparoscopic or robotic. Your surgeon will work with you to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of severe GERD.
WHY CHOOSE US?
When it comes to anti-reflux surgery, you’d be hard pressed to find a more passionate, talented and results-oriented team than the surgeons of North Florida Surgeons: Baptist Jacksonville Division. Our aim is to make sure you are fully prepared for anti-reflux surgery and that you are fully supported afterwards. We will help you live the happiest, healthiest life possible as soon as possible. Our patients follow up with us long term and essentially become part of our family!
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WHAT IS ANTI-REFLUX SURGERY PERFORMED FOR?
Anti-Reflux Surgery is often performed to correct a hiatal hernia, or loosening of the muscles at the bottom of the esophagus. Sometimes patients have a large hiatal hernia, also known as a paraesophageal hernia, or achalasia, an esophageal disorder. At the time of surgery, in addition to the hiatal hernia repair, a surgical valve will be created, whether a traditional fundoplication (such as a Nissen fundoplication), an endoscopic transoral fundoplication (TIF procedure using the Esophyx device), or magnetic sphincter augmentation with the LINX device. For patients who are morbidly obese and have severe GERD, we often recommend Gastric Bypass.
WHEN IS SURGERY RECOMMENDED FOR HEARTBURN OR REFLUX?
Surgery is typically recommended when your symptoms do not get much better when you use medicines, if you do not want to keep taking these medicines, if you have more severe problems in your esophagus, such as scarring or narrowing, ulcers, or bleeding, or if you have reflux disease that is causing aspiration pneumonia, a chronic cough, or hoarseness. Surgery is also performed to treat a problem where part of your stomach is getting stuck in your chest or is twisted. This is called a para-esophageal hernia.
WHAT IS LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY?
Your surgeon will make 3 to 5 small cuts in your belly. A thin tube with a tiny camera on the end is inserted through one of these cuts. Surgical tools are then inserted through the other cuts. The laparoscope is connected to a video monitor in the operating room. Your surgeon does the repair while viewing the inside of your belly on the monitor. In the case of unforeseen problems, your surgeon may need to switch to an open procedure.