If you are experiencing symptoms of acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (known as GERD), such as heartburn, regurgitation, or dyspepsia, you should consider a surgical option rather than to continually treat the conditions with medications. While antacids sometimes lessen the effects, they cannot prevent the potential of damage or illness that bile is believed to cause in the esophagus. Surgery, on the other hand, can significantly reduce this outcome, and permanently eliminate the associated risks of the drugs that are used to treat the condition.
One surgical option is the minimally invasive “Nissen Fundoplication”. The Nissen surgery is considered the best and most reliable treatment for reflux and is the most frequently used method of treating GERD. The Nissen Fundoplication was conceived by Dr. Rudoplh Niessen in the 1950s and is the first-line surgical option for acid reflux and GERD. Over the course of over 5 decades, it has been proven to be effective and safe. After tracking patients who have had this procedure, it has been found that 89.5% of them remain symptom-free after 10 years.
What to Expect
Performed under general anesthesia, the surgery requires just 5 very small incisions, which means less pain after the surgery, fast recuperation and the ability to get back to regular routines in a short period of time. Hospital stays are usually not required, as this is an outpatient procedure.
A hiatal hernia, an abnormality in the diaphragm which has a negative effect on the lower esophageal sphincter, causing it to become weak. The Nissen Fundoplication first repairs this hernia then proceeds to the next step, which is reinforcing the sphincter muscle, enabling it to function properly so it can prevent acid and stomach content from entering the esophagus.
After Nissen Surgery
Up to 90% of GERD patients have found that complete resolution of their symptoms is possible with this procedure. Another benefit of this surgery is that it is considered to be less expensive for many patients when compared to the cost of treating the condition with medication over a lifetime. Side effects are minimal and may include a feeling of being full or not being able to belch or vomit. The Bariatric Experts offers the Nissen Fundoplication procedure along with a full suite of bariatric surgery options.