GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE

LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY

«Heartburn is a common problem in the Western world. Approximately 7% of the population experiences symptoms of heartburn on a daily basis. «It is likely that there is abnormal esophageal exposure to gastric juice in 20-40% of this population, which means that this population has GERD.»

INTRODUCTION

The role of surgical treatment for hiatal hernias and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) changed dramatically during the 1990s. Today, laparoscopic antireflux surgery has assumed an important role in the treatment of these two diseases. The introduction of minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of hiatal hernias and GERD has lowered the threshold for surgical treatment and renewed interest in treatment outcomes.

The principles for laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication (which is the most common and effective type of antireflux surgery) are exactly the same as in open surgery, but the benefits of being performed by minimally invasive means have no point of comparison. Laparoscopic fundoplication is now considered the «gold standard» for the surgical treatment of GERD.

GERD symptoms are common in the general population, affecting more than 40% of Americans at least once a month. GERD patients may have typical or atypical symptoms.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FREQUENT QUESTIONS

Only if your Body Mass Index (BMI) is very high. Since the liver covers the stomach and the area to be worked on, dieting for a few days before the operation will help us and you by reducing the size of the liver, so the surgery will be easier and this will lead to a faster postoperative recovery.

Yes, only for a few days, and it varies according to the patient’s ability to adapt to the procedure. The reason is mainly to allow the body to get used to the intentional anatomical change made during surgery.

No, the only difference is that you’ll be free of expensive antacid medications and those pesky reflux symptoms.

Almost always, as it considerably reduces the risk of recurrence.

You will be discharged the following morning or a maximum of 48 hours after surgery, depending on the case.

Yes, but as mentioned, with the placement of the mesh it is significantly reduced.

Yes, but it is transitory, until your body adapts to the new position of the upper part of the stomach, and if the dysphagia continues, it can be easily treated.

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