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Acid Reflux Surgery

Types of Acid Reflux Surgery

Types of Acid Reflux Surgery available for Acid Reflux Disease

Acid Reflux Surgery is now a very viable option to help control heartburn. I was a medical device sales representative for almost 20 years selling instruments for various surgical procedures. I would demonstrate the instruments to the surgeons and then take them into the surgery and answer questions about the devices while the surgeon would use them. I’ve seen maybe 75 different types of surgery over the 20 year career. I was always interested in new technology and techniques in performing surgery and one of the most interesting was the acid reflux surgery or more accurate term, “Nissen Fundoplication”. I’ll get into different aspects of the acid reflux surgery over the next few articles. This article is being devoted to the actual procedure itself and the different technologies that have come along to help patients with their acid reflux.

Different Types of Acid Reflux Surgery

To first understand the procedure you have to understand a little about the anatomy and what causes acid reflux. Simply put, Acid Reflux is caused by acid being regurgitated back into the esophagus because a little valve at the juncture of the esophagus and stomach did not close. Over the years the way to control the heartburn was to control the acid. The less acid you produced the less likely acid would flow back into the esophagus. Different types of medicine are used to control the production of acid. Medicine is found to work most of the time in about 75% of sufferers. Those other 25% continued to suffer until an acid reflux surgery procedure call “Nissen Fundoplication” was developed. Again, simply put, the procedure is wrapping the stomach around the esophagus to form a pocket at the top where the acid would go instead of up through the esophagus causing the burning pain. The procedure was first done as an open procedure, then, it was later developed into a more minimal invasive procedure using small laparoscopic instruments and therefore was called “Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication.”

Short Acid Reflux Surgery Videos

I found these short acid reflux surgery videos that makes it more visual. The first one is an animation:

This next video is not for the faint at heart. This is the actual procedure done by a surgeon in Maine and it describes in great detail the “Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication” or the acid reflux surgery:

This last video is a fairly new procedure for acid reflux surgery which I have not seen, but looks very interesting and promising for those suffering from acid reflux.

There are a lot of reasons someone would want to have this procedure, but you have to be careful and discuss it with your doctor because there could be complications with any surgery. I will discuss more about the acid reflux surgery in later articles, including if you are the right candidate, what the complications are and outcome you can expect.

If you feel that surgery is just not for you, there is another option that may work. It cleared up my acid reflux and I found that most medicines did not work. So before you consider surgery, you may want to consider this affordable eBook called “Heartburn No More”.

Surgery can be expensive, recovery may take a while, and there could be complications. Again, talk this over with your doctor. Acid Reflux Surgery can be a great option for many suffers of heartburn and acid reflux.