If you have severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that doesn’t resolve with medication and lifestyle changes, it may be time to consider anti-reflux surgery. At Surgical Care PC in Lincoln, Nebraska, general surgeon Rick Windle, MD, performs anti-reflux surgery with a minimally invasive approach whenever possible. For patient-centered care in anti-reflux surgery, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Anti-reflux surgery is a treatment for GERD, also known as acid reflux. When you have GERD, the muscles that keep food and acid from moving from your stomach back into the esophagus don’t function properly.
Symptoms of GERD include a burning sensation in your chest or throat, gas bubbles, and difficulty swallowing food or fluids. Some people with GERD also have a hiatal hernia, which occurs when the stomach bulges into your chest.
At Surgical Care PC, Dr. Windle performs anti-reflux surgery to repair and strengthen the connection of the stomach and esophagus to prevent food and acid from flowing backward. He also uses this procedure to repair a hiatal hernia when one is present.
Anti-reflux surgery may be right for you if you continue to experience symptoms of GERD despite conservative treatments like medication and lifestyle changes.
Without treatment, GERD can cause complications like esophageal ulcers, esophagitis, and scarring of the esophagus. Fortunately, anti-reflux surgery is highly successful at treating GERD.
Anti-reflux surgery, also called Nissen fundoplication, involves fixing a hiatal hernia, if there is one, and wrapping the top part of your stomach around the bottom of the esophagus to prevent acid reflux.
At Surgical Care PC, Dr. Windle may use one of the following techniques to perform anti-reflux surgery:
Open surgery involves making one large incision in your abdomen.
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive approach that uses a thin tube with a camera on the end. Dr. Windle makes 3-5 small incisions in your abdomen and inserts the camera through one of them to see your internal organs. He inserts tiny surgical tools through the other incisions to perform the repair.
This approach is similar to laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication, but it involves the use of a robotic arm. Dr. Windle controls the robotic arm at all times. Robotic surgery increases the accuracy and precision of the procedure.
Dr. Windle uses minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. Minimally invasive surgery involves less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster recovery than open surgery.
To learn more about minimally invasive anti-reflux surgery, call Surgical Care PC, or book an appointment online today.