Fundoplication is a surgical procedure that is performed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD), a condition in which stomach acid backs up into the oesophagus, causing heartburn, regurgitation, and other symptoms.
What is involved in a fundoplication procedure?
A fundoplication procedure is normally carried out under general anaesthetic. During a fundoplication procedure, the surgeon wraps the upper part of the stomach around the lower end of the oesophagus to create a barrier that prevents stomach acid from backing up. There are two main types of fundoplication procedures: laparoscopic fundoplication and open fundoplication.
- Laparoscopic fundoplication – the most common type of fundoplication surgery and is performed using small incisions in the abdomen.
- Open fundoplication – a more invasive procedure that is performed through a larger incision in the abdomen.
Benefits of fundoplication procedures
Benefits of fundoplication
- Effective relief of GORD symptoms
- Improved quality of life
- Reduced risk of complications from GORD, such as Barrett’s oesophagus and oesophageal cancer
Risks of fundoplication procedures
The risks of fundoplication procedures are similar to the risks of any surgery and include bleeding, infection, and complications related to anesthetic. In rare cases, fundoplication procedures can also lead to serious complications, such as damage to the stomach or bowel.
If you are considering a fundoplication or other GORD procedure, why not arrange a consultation. Professor Reddy is highly experienced in this area and can offer assessment, recommendations and detailed information. We offer video consultations for your convenience or face to face at a choice of locations.