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Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication

Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is a minimally invasive treatment for acid reflux disease. The goal of the surgery is to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to prevent digestive fluids from backwashing into the esophagus. This is done by wrapping a small portion of the stomach around the lower portion of the esophagus. Dr. Burnette offers laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication at Middle Georgia Surgical in Macon.

Acid reflux surgery can eliminate your heartburn without the need for life-long medications.

What is Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication?

Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is considered one of the leading treatment options for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Instead of creating one large wound in the abdominal wall to operate, the procedure is done through three to five minor holes in the abdomen or chest.

Laparoscopic acid reflux surgery has many advantages, including:

  • Faster recovery period

  • Reduced hospital stay

  • Lower risk of infection

  • Less pain after surgery

80 percent of people experience full relief from heartburn after laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication.

Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication

The Procedure

During Nissen fundoplication, a small portion of the stomach known as the fundus is wrapped around the lower base of the esophagus. The stomach is sewn in place to provide support to the lower esophageal sphincter. If a hiatal hernia is present, Dr. Burnette will repair it at this time. Once the LES is supported it will be able to work properly and stop digestive fluids from backwashing into the esophagus, giving the esophageal lining a chance to heal.

Most people who undergo Nissen fundoplication can stop using anti-reflux medications following surgery.

You will be given a general anesthetic to remain asleep during the operation. The typical hospital stay after laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is only 2 to 3 days. Most people are able to return to their normal routines 2 to 3 weeks following this operation.