(GERD). GERD is also called acid reflux or heartburn. This occurs when acid from the stomach goes up the esophagus. A
may also be fixed during the procedure. This type of hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach pokes into the chest cavity. This hernia increases the chance and severity of GERD.
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Reasons for Procedure
The surgery is most often done for the following reasons:
Eliminate persistent GERD symptoms that are not relieved by medicine
Correct acid reflux that is contributing to
Repair a hiatal hernia, which may be responsible for making GERD symptoms worse
Eliminate the source of serious, long-term complications resulting from too much acid in the esophagus
If you are planning to have fundoplication, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
Return of reflux symptoms
Limited ability to burp or vomit
Damage to organs
In rare cases, the procedure may need to be repeated. This may happen if the wrap was too tight, the wrap slips, or if a new hernia forms.
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
Arrange for a ride to and from the hospital. Also, arrange for help at home.
The night before, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
will be used. It will block any pain and keep you asleep through the surgery.
Description of the Procedure
The doctor will insert a lighted tube with a camera on the end, called an endoscope, through your mouth and down the esophagus. The scope will reach the first part of the stomach. Through the endoscope, the doctor will be able to perform one of many procedures that decrease the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus.
An endoscope allows the doctor to view inside organs.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a