When stomach acid moves up into your oesophagus or gullet it causes a condition called acid reflux. This is caused by a fault in the valve that links your stomach and oesophagus. Sensing acid in the back of your throat or experiencing symptoms like heartburn are a sign of acid reflux.
What are the benefits of surgery?
Surgery is the most effective way to put an end to recurring and long-term symptoms caused by acid reflux. Symptoms can often be controlled with medicines that soothe inflammation so surgery is generally only recommended if the condition becomes persistent.
What will happen during the operation?
A general anaesthetic will be administered so you will be asleep throughout. You can expect the procedure to take one to two hours.
The surgeon will create a few tiny incisions in the abdominal region and surgical tools will be inserted to perform the operation. One of these instruments will be a telescopic device that allows the surgeon to monitor the procedure on a video screen.
To reduce the size of the opening that the oesophagus passes through, stitches will be applied to the diaphragm and the top of the stomach will be wrapped and stitched around the oesophagus to create a new valve. The incisions will then be closed with stitches.
Risks and complications
Any risks or complications will be discussed in advance of your treatment with your expert consultant.
You can expect to leave the hospital the following day but it can take three to four weeks to return to work and your normal activities. Seek advice from your consultant for your specific situation and line of work.