In most cases, fundoplication is performed to correct the gastroesophageal reflux. The upper portion of the stomach (fundus) is wrapped around the lower portion of the esophagus. This is usually a complete placation or wrap and is often called a Nissen fundoplication, although certain individuals may only require a partial fundoplication. The wrap acts to restore the natural anti-reflex barrier, thereby preventing esophageal acid exposure. The procedure is effective in preventing reflux and provides long-term relief of symptoms.
This procedure is now routinely performed laparoscopically, using several small incisions instead of one large incision. This allows less pain, smaller scars, and a quicker recovery. Most patients are able to go home the following day after surgery and return to their normal activities over the next 1-2 weeks.
There are now numerous published articles showing surgery to be superior to medication in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Surgery has been shown to provide long-term relief of symptoms in approximately 96% of patients. It is felt to be the superior treatment in many instances such as Barrett’s esophagus.
We will be happy to talk to you further to see if you are a candidate for a laparoscopic fundoplication for reflux disease.
When faced with needing surgery it’s important to consider all of your options. There are numerous benefits to having surgery in an outpatient ambulatory surgical center like Atlanta General and Bariatric Surgery Center (AGBSC). The outpatient or ambulatory surgery centers allow a patient to undergo surgery without being admitted to the hospital. You and your surgeon will decide if outpatient surgery is right for you, but these centers offer alternatives for those needing less invasive or more routine procedures.
Our surgery center has a fully trained surgical staff to assist you before, during and after your surgery at the center. Once your surgery is complete, you will spend time recovering at the center before returning home, where you can complete your recovery in a more comfortable environment.
Atlanta General & Bariatric Surgery Center located in Johns Creek, GA, attracts patients from all over the metro Atlanta area and beyond including Suwanee, Berkeley, Norcross, Dunwoody, and Oakwood, GA. Our board certified surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. Hart, Dr. William H. Johnson, Dr. Michael Williams or Dr. Brendon Curtis medical procedures or surgeries that do not require an overnight stay.