Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Millions of people suffer from gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn). The condition is caused by food and acid in the stomach rising up into the esophagus (swallowing tube). While occasional heartburn is common, persistent reflux that happens more than twice a week is considered to be gastroesophageal reflux disease and can eventually lead to more serious health problems. Many people can control their GERD with lifestyle changes and medication. You should consider surgery for GERD if symptoms are not well controlled by medication and lifestyle changes, you are concerned about the long term effects of medication, or you want to avoid lifelong need for medication.

For detailed information about gastroesophageal reflux disease please visit: refluxmd.com

Symptoms

Diagnosis

Besides an evaluation and physical exam by your doctor, some tests to diagnose GERD may include:

Treatment

Arizona Advanced Surgery offers both incisionless and laparoscopic (small incision) surgical treatments for GERD. Your surgeon will provide the testing and consultation needed to determine the right treatment for your condition.

Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)

This new procedure treats the underlying cause of GERD without incisions. The procedure is performed while the patient is asleep, with the aid of an endoscope (a lighted video camera on the end of a flexible tube) that is inserted through the mouth rather than through an abdominal incision. The procedure typically takes less than an hour, and is performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, the surgeon reconstructs the body's antireflux barrier. Patients are asleep for the procedure and generally stay in the hospital overnight. Most return to work within a few days. Studies have shown that the vast majority of TIF patients experience improved quality of life and remain free of heartburn after the procedure. To learn more about reflux disease and the TIF procedure please visit: gerdhelp.com

TIF Procedure Animation from EndoGastric Solutions on Vimeo.

Surgical Fundoplication

The most common operation for GERD is called laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication. During this procedure, the surgeon makes five very small incisions into which they insert a small camera and instruments to repair the esophagus. The lower esophageal sphincter is reinforced by wrapping the top of the stomach around the lower esophagus. This prevents acid in the stomach from coming back up into the esophagus. Patients are generally in the hospital for one to two days for this surgery.

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