Treating Acid Reflux with Surgery

With gastroesophageal reflux disease, or acid reflux, the answer isn’t always found on the shelf of a drug store or by changing an eating habit. With certain conditions or diseases the only solution is to undergo a procedure that is run by the doctor or medical professional in a hospital or outpatient situation. While many may fear the actual sight or smell of a hospital or the fear of undergoing any type of medical procedure it could cause a life change that considerably helps your quality of life.

The most common type of acid reflux surgery is that of fundoplication or anti-reflux surgery to reroute or restructure the stomach in hope of overcoming the disease. The doctor will start by making a small incision in the abdomen or some may choose to use a less invasive procedure called laparoscopy, a technique that uses several small punctured holes to view the stomach with small viewing devices. The doctor will then goes in and perform a procedure that could make a massive difference in a person’s life.

With the incision the doctor will enter and begin pulling any hiatal hernial sac below the diaphragm and stitching it there. This causes the diaphragm to tighten around the esophagus and wrap around the upper stomach to form an artificial lower esophageal sphincter. All of this will then cause the acid to be adequately taken care of in the system without the symptoms of acid reflux disease being suffered. No major incision will be needed in the process and the patient should immediately see a difference.

About four out of every five people who have fundoplication will see a tremendous difference in their lifestyle that should last close to ten years. With many patients who have gone through the surgery the use of antacids or other acid reflux treating drugs is still necessary, but not suggested by the doctors. There have been no major complications of the surgery noted to this day, but every body does react differently to surgery so it is necessary to understand that it is possible to have complications as a result of the surgery. Consult a doctor to go through the right diagnosis before settling on fundoplication.

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