Understanding Reflux Disease
Most people who live with GERD can control their symptoms by taking medications or making simple lifestyle changes, like quitting smoking or avoiding certain foods. For those that are still suffering from chest pain, coughing, or other symptoms, it may be time to consider surgery to repair a defect in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES is the muscle that controls the flow of food from your esophagus to your stomach. If the LES is functioning correctly, the muscle closes immediately after swallowing to prevent stomach acids from
During laparoscopic surgery to treat GERD, our doctors will make a series of small incisions near the belly button. Through these openings, small tubes containing a video camera and surgical instruments will be inserted to perform the necessary repairs. If there is a
The majority of patients who have undergone laparoscopic GERD surgery report significantly improved or absent symptoms following the procedure. Some patients may develop difficulty swallowing immediately after the surgery. This is a temporary issue that usually resolves on its own within one to three months after surgery. Laparoscopic GERD surgery is a safe and effective treatment option, and offers a number of benefits, including reduced pain and recovery time, over traditional open surgery.
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If you have been suffering from heartburn, chest pains, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms of GERD, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to learn more about your treatment options.