Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is a chronic condition of mucosal damage that is caused when acid comes up from the stomach into the esophagus. When this happens on occasion, it causes heartburn. However, when it happens on a regular basis, GERD is one of several syndromes that can occur. Heartburn, when it happens regularly, is just one of the symptoms of GERD.

There are several known causes of reflux disease, as well as unknown causes. Overall, according to the Keek School of Medicine it is estimated that at least 10% of the population is affected, in the Western World. While treatments vary for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, one treatment that many who suffer the worst may consider is laparoscopic surgery.

According to information published on Medscape, laparoscopic surgery for GERD offers many benefits to other surgical treatments. There is usually less post-operative pain, a shorter stay in the hospital and patients can return to work more quickly than they could with standard surgical procedures. There is less pain and quicker recovery with laparoscopic surgery because the surgery is done using several smaller incisions instead of one larger one.

Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery is sometimes called Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication. As reported by the Medical University of South Carolina, The idea behind the surgery is that the valve behind the esophagus and the stomach is reinforced. Reinforcement is done by wrapping the upper portion of the stomach around the bottom end of the esophagus. The entire procedure is completed inside the body, using tiny instruments. The doctor has a full view of the proceedings from a camera attached to the laparoscope.

If you suffer from the pain and annoyance of heartburn caused by GERD, and other treatments do not help, it is worth talking to Dr. Dirk about the benefits of laparoscopic surgery. It can be well worth the short healing time of this surgery to help reduce your future pain associated with GERD. Schedule your consultation today!