Fundoplication offers a low-risk GERD treatment option for people who cannot take medication for acid reflux. Some patients may have side effects or allergies to medications that would otherwise control their condition while others find that medication does not control their symptoms well enough. These patients may have tried several noninvasive GERD treatments, including:
- Diet and lifestyle changes
- Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)
- H2 blockers
Surgeons like ours at Advanced Laparoscopic Associates generally recommend fundoplication for long-term GERD treatment when medications fail to control symptoms to a point that allows the patient to have a good quality of life.
This procedure works well for both adults and children due to its safety and short recovery time. Aside from patients who have trouble using typical GERD medications, some choose fundoplication because it offers a single, long-term treatment, so they don’t have to worry about missing doses of their medication.
GERD can carry some risks, especially if left untreated. Nissen fundoplication helps you avoid developing Barrett’s esophagus, which increases your risk of esophageal cancer. The laparoscopic procedure also promotes faster recovery and requires less time in the hospital than open surgery.