Surgical options to relieve acid reflux
For most people with acid reflux or GERD, medications work to end the burning sensation. However, they don't work for everyone and don't repair the cause of acid reflux. For moderate or severe acid reflux, surgery may be the best treatment option.
Factors for surgical option
- Continue to suffer from persistent heartburn or other reflux symptoms while taking medication
- Develop adverse side effects, such as osteoporosis, as a result of taking medication
- Return to symptoms when therapy is stopped
- Damage to esophagus (bleeding/stricture)
- Prefer not to take lifelong medication or cannot afford to do so
In addition, medications address only the symptoms of acid reflux, not the cause. And they don't stop its progression. Even if your symptoms improve or disappear when on medication, you could still have acid reflux, possibly damaging your esophagus and leading to other serious health problems. Plus, symptoms often return when PPIs are withdrawn, requiring lifelong treatment for many.
Surgery, on the other hand, repairs the stomach valve that is allowing acid or bile to leak into the esophagus. Moreover, only surgery reduces regurgitation. And it is far more effective in improving asthma-like symptoms than drug treatment.
Types of acid reflux surgery options
In most cases, a procedure called fundoplication can correct acid reflux. During this procedure, the upper portion of the stomach (fundus) is wrapped (plicated) around the lower portion of the esophagus to reconstruct and lengthen the anti-reflux barrier.
Nissen fundoplication is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure that requires only small incisions and a brief hospital stay. An advanced procedure, called transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF), is performed through the mouth, without the need for abdominal incisions, further reducing pain, recovery time and scarring in patients. Only a few progressive acid reflux centers in the country offer TIF, including Goshen Acid Reflux Center.
We can help
Call our acid reflux specialists at Goshen Physicians Gastroenterology to find out how we can help stop the burning, (574) 537-1625.