stomach-esophagusMedication and lifestyle changes are the first-line treatments for acid reflux and GERD. However, for patients with chronic reflux that does not respond to traditional treatments, surgery might be the only method of relieving symptoms and healing the esophagus. Contact La Peer Health Systems’ Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence for a consultation to find out if reflux surgery is right for you.

Who Needs Reflux Surgery?

The following patients may want to consider surgery to treat their reflux:

  • People who want to reduce their dependency on heartburn drugs,
  • People who are suffering from a para-esophageal hernia, in which part of the stomach gets stuck in the chest,
  • People with ulcers, and
  • People with severe GERD symptoms that interfere with sleep or daily activities.

A board-certified gastroenterologist is the best doctor to assess your heartburn symptoms and determine if you are a good candidate for reflux surgery. They can also ascertain which surgery will offer the best results for your particular case.

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Types of Reflux SurgeryDr. Mahtabifard Performing Reflux Surgery

  • EsophyX Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) – Performed without incisions, esophyX TIF involves the introduction of a device through the mouth into the esophagus. The procedure creatures a valve that prevents stomach contents and acid from washing back into the esophagus.
  • Nissen Fundoplication – During the procedure, GI surgeons create several small incisions in order to wrap a portion of the stomach around the lower esophagus. The surgery strengthens the lower esophageal sphincter and limits the chances of acid flowing back into the esophagus, all while allowing damaged tissue to heal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is surgery necessary to treat my reflux?

A: Surgery is a good option for patients whose reflux does not respond to medication or lifestyle changes. Furthermore, any patients with esophagitis, ulcers, or esophageal scarring should consider surgery to protect the health of the esophagus.

Q: How long will I be at the surgery center after reflux surgery?

A: Most patients can leave our Los Angeles outpatient surgery center just hours after undergoing laparoscopic or incision-free surgery.

Q: What lifestyle changes are required after reflux surgery?

A: After undergoing reflux surgery, you will need to make certain dietary and lifestyle changes. In addition to eating smaller, more frequent meals, you should avoid heartburn-triggering foods such as coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and citrus fruits.

Q: What is the difference between total and partial fundoplication?

A: In total fundoplication, the GI doctors at the Reflux Surgery Center wrap the top section of the stomach around the esophagus completely. In partial fundoplication, the surgeon wraps the stomach only partially around the esophagus.

Q: Who is NOT a candidate for reflux surgery?

A: People with occasional heartburn and those who are under 18 or elderly may not be good candidates for reflux surgery. The best way to determine if surgery is right for you is to schedule an appointment with a board-certified gastroenterologist.

Contact the Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence

The GI doctors at the Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence perform surgical procedures for GERD at our safe, newly remodeled outpatient center in Los Angeles. For a consultation with one of our specialists, call (888) 593-1042 or fill out our website contact form.

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