Traditional Anti-Reflux Surgery: Fundoplication

Fundoplication surgery involves wrapping the upper part of  the stomach around the outside of the oesophagus at the  lower esophageal sphincter (LOS) to help prevent reflux.

Benefits

  • Reduced symptoms of heartburn, reflux and bloating
  • May heal damage to the oesophagus
  • May end dependence on medication 

Limitations/Risks

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Inability to belch or vomit when needed
  • Permanently alters the stomach anatomy
  • Typically requires hospital stay of 1-3 days
  • Symptoms may return over time
  • Requires a modified diet for several weeks
  • May limit activity for 2-3 weeks
  • Risks related to surgery and anesthesia
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