In layman’s terms, GERD is persistent acid reflux. It’s a condition that occurs when the LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter) fails to close properly and allows the stomach acid and undigested food to traverse back up the gut.
While medicine and lifestyle changes can help to tackle the problem, GERD surgery is usually the last resort for sufferers of acid reflux. In today’s blog episode, we’re looking at 5 eye-opening questions regarding GERD surgery.

Who Qualifies for GERD Surgery?

When medication for this condition fails to have any effect, you do become a candidate for this surgery. Other cases where one is applicable include:

  • Presence of hiatal hernia
  • Presence of esophagitis
  • Presence of Barrett’s syndrome
  • Ongoing symptoms like coughing, wheezing, tooth enamel erosion, hoarseness of voice)

You may also wish to avoid taking medications lifelong hence it’s a good idea to opt for surgery.

How Do They Do GERD Surgery?

The procedure is known as Nissen fundoplication. In this procedure, the surgeon will wrap the top of the stomach around the LES, reinforcing it and cushioning it so that there is no chance of acid reflux.

The surgery may be open or laparoscopic. If it is laparoscopic, there will be fewer scars and incisions on the body and faster recovery.

GERD surgery

How Dangerous is GERD Surgery?

Typically laparoscopic surgery for GERD is not at all dangerous. Recovery is smooth and fast. At first, the patient will be put on a liquid diet, then will be given soft food and finally after complete recovery can go back to a normal diet.

There are some side effects, however. One may feel full very easily, and one may also have difficulty swallowing. The patient may experience pain while swallowing. Since there is less stomach, flatulence, inability to belch and vomit are some of the side effects. Talk to your doctor for a list of the side-effects.

How Successful is GERD Surgery?

This surgery has a high success rate. Around 95% of the cases are successful and there is no trace or resurgence of the problem. If the surgery is done well, typically by an experienced surgeon like Dr. Purnendu Bhowmik, chances are you are in safe hands.

Can GERD Return After Fundoplication?

Fundoplication can provide permanent relief. It is in the rare cases that this surgery may go awry. A small percentage (less than 10%) of cases will need to visit the hospital again for a follow-up surgery.

Wrapping Up

If a person fails to respond to medication and treatment for acid reflux, GERD surgery is recommended. If you have been recommended for this surgery, Dr. Purnendu Bhowmik is your best option. He is an experienced and renowned laparoscopic surgeon in Kolkata.

Reach out for a consultation today!