Are There Surgeries For GERD?

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GERD is an exasperating condition—Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease as what medical professionals call it completely, is a condition when there is an abnormal regurgitation of the stomach contents into a person’s esophagus and even all the way up to the throat. This abnormal condition is brought about by an acquired weakness of the lower esophageal sphincter—the valve responsible for closing the stomach to prevent reflux of the acidic content inside.

Conventional Treatment for GERD

Commonly, GERD is treated with the use of antacids, H2 Blockers and Proton Pump Inhibitors. These drugs work on the environment of the stomach, lessening its acidity and preventing the cells or enzymes inside from producing too much acids. Also, many people with GERD are advised to watch their diet well and be familiar with the foods that cause or intensify the effects or occurrence of GERD.

When GERD Becomes Dangerous

While acid reflux may occur to a person without any danger or threat, there are severe cases of GERD wherein the esophageal walls have been corroded extensively, medications are not anymore effective in responding to the condition, and the patient is already unable to take the medications efficiently or compliantly due to side effects and contraindications.

Definitely, lifestyle will not be able to remedy this type of GERD, the same way medications have not been treating it effectively. In such cases, the possibility of undergoing surgeries for GERD is introduced or opened up by the physician as an option. Here are some information about surgeries for GERD which can make you understand the procedure holistically.

How Surgeries for GERD Are Carried Out?

The most common form of surgeries for GERD is nissen fundoplication. In this procedure, the fundus, or the upper part of the stomach is arranged in folds or pleated in the area of the lower esophagus and secured just beneath the diaphragm.  This certain procedure provides more strength for the esophageal sphincter which allows the entry and exit of food materials to and from the stomach.

Nissen fundoplication is actually performed in an open abdominal surgery but advancements in medicine and surgery now allows for a convenient way of doing the surgeries for GERD. Laparoscopy involves only the incision of at least five entrance ports in the abdomen and the rest of the procedure is performed with the aid of a laparoscope allowing the surgeon to view the procedure from a monitor. This procedure, although a bit costly will provide better and more timely recovery.

Risks of Surgeries for GERD

The risks associated with surgeries for GERD are minimal and only involve some bleeding, pain and discomforts a few days after the surgery. With the advent of the laparoscopic method, risks are greatly lessened.

Recovery from Surgeries for GERD

Recovery is expected to take about five to seven days in open nissen fundoplication while recovery is shorter with laparoscopic surgery. In fact, the patient can leave the hospital after a day or two, once he or she has been cleared okay by the surgeon.

Acid reflux surgery is a safe procedure and is, according to statistics, 95% successful with few risks.

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