What is Anti-reflux Surgery?
This procedure can be done with keyhole or laparoscopic surgery. The surgeon takes the top part of the stomach and wraps it around your lower esophagus. It allows the repair of the muscle around the lower oesophagus. This makes it less likely that acid will flow back up the esophagus. This procedure is called laparoscopic fundoplication.
Laparoscopy means that the surgery is done as the surgeon operates through several small keyhole incisions instead of a single large incision. This procedure is minimally invasive and offers better visualization than open surgery. As compared with traditional fundoplication, laparoscopic fundoplication has faster recovery time, significantly less pain and minimal scarring.
Why do Anti-reflux surgery?
This is done for severe heartburn. This means that there is daily burning pain behind the chest bone for a few months. Surgery is recommended especially if the pain persists despite medication and lifestyle changes. These symptoms occur if the muscles between your oesophagus and stomach are not tight enough. This allows acid to flow back up to the oesophagus, causing the discomfort.
What to expect?
Before the procedure
- Fasting is required 8 hours prior to your procedure
- Stop any prescription of aspirin or other blood thinning medications with a doctors advice.
- All regular medications will be stopped unless absolutely necessary under a doctors supervision.
- Be prepared to have an average hospital stay following the procedure in between 2-3 days.
On the day of the procedure
- This procedure is usually performed under general anaesthesia.
- Small incisions will be made on the belly for the laparoscope.
- The length of surgery varies from patient to patient.
- Your surgeon will advise you on the specific details.
After the procedure
- Allow a few days for recovery.
- Avoid heavy lifting for at least a week.
- Follow any other instructions given by your surgeon.