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Laparoscopic Fundoplication & Hiatal Hernia Repair

What is a Laparoscopic Fundoplication and Hiatal Hernia Repair?

Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is now considered the standard surgical approach for treatment of severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

In laparoscopic (keyhole) fundoplication, a new “valve” is constructed as the upper portion of the stomach (fundus) is wrapped around the lower end of the esophagus. The wrap is intended to support the sphincter muscle so that it will open only when it is supposed to and not allow stomach acid to push its way up into the esophagus.The procedure consists of repairing the hiatal hernia then tightening diaphragm opening with stitches or a mesh. Then the upper part of the stomach is wrapped around the end of the esophagus to prevent stomach acid and/or food from protruding into the esophagus.

  • Who is a candidate for this procedure?
  • Does acid reflux affect you daily?
  • Do you have hiatal hernia?
  • Are your suffering from complications of acid reflux?

Laparoscopic Fundoplication and Hiatal Hernia Repair may be right for you!

Do I need a laparoscopic fundoplication and hiatal hernia repair?

If you have tried other methods of medical treatment and heartburn persists, then this procedure may be appropriate for you. Laparoscopic (keyhole) nissen fundoplication is an operation to relieve chronic heartburn when it cannot be controlled with medication and/or lifestyle changes.

How does this procedure work?

This is a laparoscopic procedure, so the surgeon will make several small cuts in your belly and insert the small camera and laparoscope into the cuts. The surgeon will then proceed to repair the hernia while inside while viewing on the monitor.

Is this procedure painful?

No, you will be asleep under general anesthesia which means it’ll be pain free!

What are the risks associated with this procedure?

This procedure is considered to be safe and complications are rare. You’ll have a shorter recovery time and less pain with small incisions. Plus it doesn’t leave a large scar. It’s considered “minimally invasive.”

Most (>90%) people are satisfied with their surgery and its results. But surgery won’t get rid of all your symptoms. You may need to keep taking medication. About 1 in 10 people will need to have surgery again.

These operations are generally pretty safe and usually don’t cause other problems. You might:

  • Have a hard time swallowing after the surgery
  • Feel bloated often, called gas bloat syndrome
  • Get an infection where you were cut

What are benefits of Laparoscopic Fundoplication and Hiatal hernia repair?

  • Outpatient – no hospital stay
  • Gold Standard
  • Excellent results – 85% of patients do not need acid reflux medications after the Stretta
  • Small incisions
  • Durable with long lasting results

What is the success rate of this procedure?

The laparoscopic fundoplication has a 95% success rate.

What are the advantages of this procedure?

You will only have small scars at the incision point as opposed to one large scar. Moreover there is reduced post-operative pain in addition to a shorter recovery time.

How long is the post-op recovery?

You can return to performing your regular tasks within 2-7 days.

Diet after Fundoplication and Hiatal Hernia Repair

What is the typical cost of treatment?

Costs ranges from $9000-15,000. Costs vary depending on several factors such as presence of hiatal hernia, use of mesh, BMI etc. Please contact us for more information!

For more information visit: https://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/heartburn-surgery#1

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