Nissen Fundoplication at the Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence in Los AngelesGastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux can make it difficult to enjoy a meal, sleep through the night, or even participate in daily activities without pain. Furthermore, when left untreated, acid reflux can damage the esophagus and lead to serious issues like gastritis, ulcers, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. Fortunately, the board-certified gastroenterologists at La Peer’s Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence offer a number of effective treatments for GERD, including a procedure known as Nissen fundoplication, which reinforces the lower esophageal sphincter.

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Who Needs Nissen Fundoplication?

If over-the-counter treatments and prescription medications have failed to control your acid reflux, you may want to consider a surgical option. Nissen fundoplication offers effective treatment for many GERD patients and is often prescribed for those whose reflux stems from a hiatal hernia. Overall, about 80 percent of patients who undergo Nissen fundoplication experience relief of GERD symptoms and pain.

Before the Procedure

Nissen fundoplication is performed laparoscopically at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills. Some of the benefits of laparoscopic procedures include faster healing and a quicker return to everyday activities because you won’t have any large incisions like with traditional open surgery. Most patients resume work and other activities just two weeks after undergoing Nissen fundoplication.

Before undergoing Nissen fundoplication, you will not be able to eat or drink for several hours. You may also need to cease taking certain medications, including blood thinners. Be sure to let your surgeon know what medications you are taking before undergoing Nissen fundoplication surgery.

The Procedure

You will experience no pain or discomfort during Nissen fundoplication because you will be under general anesthesia. During the procedure, our expert GI surgeons will create a number of small incisions in order to wrap a portion of the stomach around the lower esophagus. The surgery strengthens the lower esophageal sphincter and reduces the likelihood of acid flowing back into the esophagus, while also allowing previous damage to heal. Overall, doctors regard Nissen fundoplication as a safe procedure with a great likelihood of reducing or eliminating the symptoms of GERD.

After Surgery

Following Nissen fundoplication surgery, you may need to make changes to your dietary habits and style of eating. Typically, patients will eat only soft foods until their esophagus heals from the procedure. Your gastroenterologist will likely advise you to eat more slowly and chew food thoroughly.  Although Nissen fundoplication is very effective for most patients, some GERD sufferers still require medication to control their reflux after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is a good candidate for Nissen fundoplication?

A: People with chronic reflux that do not respond well to medication or people with a hiatal hernia may want to consider Nissen fundoplication.

Q: Who should not consider Nissen fundoplication?

A: Generally, our gastroenterologists do not recommend Nissen fundoplication for older adults with peristalsis and other health problems.

Q: Will I be in pain during the procedure?

A: No! You will be under general anesthesia and will “sleep” through the surgery.

Q: Are there risks associated with Nissen fundoplication?

A: Although Nissen fundoplication is widely considered to be a safe procedure, every surgery carries with it some risk. In rare cases, the following side effects have occurred: trouble swallowing, heartburn, bloating, infection, and the possible need for additional surgeries.

Q: Does Nissen fundoplication heal damage done to the esophagus?

A: According to some studies, surgery healed esophageal damage in 90 percent of patients.

Contact Our Nissen Fundoplication Experts

If your reflux is not improving with medication, you may be a good candidate for Nissen fundoplication. Call (888) 593-1042 or schedule an appointment online with an expert gastroenterologist to discuss your options.

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