Is Surgery Right For You?
There are many reasons patients consider surgery as an alternative to medical therapy.
- Are you dependent on medication to manage your GERD symptoms?
- Do you continue to suffer GERD symptoms while on medication?
- Is your GERD affecting your quality of life? (Examples: Poor sleep, inability to tolerate certain foods, inability to participate in daily activities)
- Are you concerned about the long term use of drugs to treat your GERD?
- Are you concerned about the long term risks of serious complications from your GERD?
If you are currently treating your GERD with medication and answered “yes” to any of the above questions, talk with your physician about alternative treatment options.
Traditional GERD Surgery: Fundoplication
Fundoplication surgery involves wrapping the upper part of the stomach around the outside of the esophagus at the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to help prevent reflux.
- Permanently alters the stomach anatomy
- May increase gassiness and bloating
- May result in difficulty belching and vomiting
- Generally requires hospital stay of longer than 24 hours
- Requires a modified diet for several weeks
- Limits activity for several weeks