Acidity is common problem and many patients have to face this problem on daily basis. If symptoms are
for many days, better to undergo gastroscopy which rules out problems like ulcer or cancer of stomach
which may mimic like simple acidity. Severe cases of acidity which require continuous medication or not
responding to medicines, can be treated by laparoscopic fundoplication.
Why it is done?
Fundoplication surgery is most often used to treat GERD symptoms that are likely to be caused in part by a hiatal hernia and that have not been well controlled by medicines. The surgery may also be used for some people who do not have a hiatal hernia. Surgery also may be an option when:
- Treatment with medicines does not completely relieve your symptoms, and the remaining symptoms are proved to be caused by reflux of stomach juices.
- You have symptoms that do not adequately improve when treated with medicines. Examples of these symptoms are asthma, hoarseness, or cough along with reflux.
Surgery to treat GERD is done on people who?
- Are older adults, especially if they have other health problems in addition to GERD.
- Have weak squeezing motions (peristalsis) in the esophagus. These motions are important to move food down the esophagus to the stomach. Surgery may make this problem worse, causing food to get stuck in the esophagus.
- Have unusual symptoms that might be made worse by surgery.
Advantages of Laparoscopy Fundoplication
Patients lose less blood during laparoscopic surgery than during traditional surgery