The chronic symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause discomfort and lead to long-term esophageal damage. If you suffer from chronic GERD or other gastrointestinal diseases, Dr. Burnette and Middle Georgia Surgical offer laparoscopic gastropexy as a minimally invasive means of surgically correcting symptoms.
Find a long-term solution for GERD with laparoscopic gastropexy reflux surgery at Middle Georgia Surgical
What is Laparoscopic Gastropexy?
Though less common than Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication, gastropexy is often used as a surgical treatment for GERD.
During laparoscopic gastropexy, part of the stomach is attached to the abdominal wall to prevent hiatal hernia (or paraesophageal hernia), which happens when the stomach pushes through an opening in the diaphragm. Though hiatal hernias do not always cause symptoms, they are known contributors to GERD.
Laparoscopic gastropexy is minimally invasive, meaning it is performed using specialized surgical instruments that only require small incisions. Unlike traditional open surgeries, minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures allow the patient to recover quickly and with less pain and often do not require a long hospital stay.
Though laparoscopic gastropexy can help to permanently correct GERD, Nissen fundoplication may also be needed to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and fully relieve symptoms.
In addition to its use in treating hiatal hernia and GERD, gastropexy is used to treat conditions like gastric volvulus, a rare condition in which the stomach is twisted abnormally by 180 degrees or more. This torsion can obstruct the gastric valve and cause strangulation of the stomach.