People with severe, chronic esophageal reflux may need surgery to correct gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) if their symptoms are not relieved by medications that reduce acid in the stomach, or by lifestyle changes, including losing weight, avoiding certain foods and quitting smoking.
If left untreated, chronic gastroesophageal reflux can cause complications such as esophagitis, esophageal ulcers, bleeding, scarring of the esophagus or Barrett’s esophagus.
Laparoscopic antireflux surgery is used in the treatment of GERD when medicines are not successful. Laparoscopic antireflux surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure that corrects gastroesophageal reflux by reducing the hiatal hernia, reconstructing the esophageal hiatus and reinforcing the lower esophageal sphincter.
Pre-surgical evaluation is important to the success of laparoscopic antireflux surgery, for both initial and repeated operations. By completing thorough testing and screening of each patient’s medical history, Dr Maccabee can plan the procedure to fit the patient’s needs.
A complete review of medical history and a physical examination Several tests to make sure you are physically ready for the surgery, including chest x-ray, blood test and electrocardiogram (EKG)
A series of x-rays of the esophagus taken after the patient drinks a solution that contains barium. The barium coats and outlines the esophagus on the x-ray. Both the structure and function of the esophagus is assessed.
A visual exam of the esophagus and stomach and removal of a sample of tissue of the upper digestive tract (biopsy) using an endoscope.
A diagnostic test that helps to determine the function of the esophagus.