Is There Surgery for Acid Reflux?
Yes. While many people suffer from acid reflux, not all of them have true acid reflux. It is true that there is a small group of patients who will truly benefit from acid reflux surgery. In this group of patients, surgery can be lifesaving.
What are the symptoms of acidity?
Please read my blog “Is it really acidity? Or is it IBS?”
Which group of patients will benefit from surgery?
Symptoms are caused by acid/food coming into the oesophagus (food pipe) or up to the throat. Surgery should be a treatment of choice in people who suffer from this condition. It is a burning sensation between the ribs or at the back of the throat. In some people, it can lead to recurrent throat infection or change of voice. If symptoms are severe, then it might feel like a heart attack at times.
Some or all of these symptoms are made worse by bending down or when in the lying position.
Why do these symptoms occur?
It happens if there is disruption in the defense mechanisms preventing the food/acid coming up to the chest.
Are there other factors that contribute to acid reflux?
Yes. They are:
Is surgery the first choice in all patients?
What are the steps before surgery?
When should one consider surgery?
One should consider surgery in one of the following situations:
How is surgery performed and what are the benefits?
Now a days, surgery is performed as keyhole (laparoscopic). The surgery may not be complicated and has the following benefits:
How is surgery performed?
It recreates the lost anatomical defence mechanism. In general, the stomach in the chest is returned to the normal abdominal position and the valve that is weak is strengthened. Part of the stomach (fundus) is wrapped around the lower end of the oesophagus to add extra strength to the valve.