Fundoplication Surgery for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
During fundoplication surgery, the upper curve of the stomach (the fundus) is wrapped around the Reference esophagus Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window and sewn into place so that the lower portion of the esophagus passes through a small tunnel of stomach muscle. This surgery strengthens the valve between the esophagus and stomach (Reference lower esophageal sphincter Opens New Window), which stops acid from backing up into the esophagus as easily. This allows the esophagus to heal.
- This procedure can be done through the abdomen or the chest. The chest approach is often used if a person is overweight or has a short esophagus.
- This procedure is often done using a Reference laparoscopic surgical technique. Outcomes of the laparoscopic technique are best when the surgery is done by a surgeon with experience using this procedure.
If a person has a Reference hiatal hernia Opens New Window, which can cause Reference gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window symptoms, it will also be repaired during this surgery.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: March 6, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Peter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology