Comprehensive Reflux Surgery Care

If you have persistent or severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD), reflux surgery may be a solution to help you regain your quality of life.

Understanding GORD and Reflux Surgery

What is GORD?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a chronic condition where stomach acid frequently flows back into the oesophagus, causing irritation and discomfort. Common symptoms include heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing. If left untreated, GORD can lead to serious complications such as esophagitis, Barrett’s oesophagus, and an increased risk of oesophageal cancer.

When is Reflux Surgery Recommended?

Reflux surgery, also known as anti-reflux surgery or fundoplication, is typically recommended for patients who:

  • Have persistent GORD symptoms despite medication and lifestyle changes.
  • Experience severe esophagitis or complications related to GORD.
  • Prefer a long-term solution to avoid lifelong dependency on medication.

Types of Reflux Surgery

  1. Hiatus Hernia Repair

Surgery to repair a hiatus hernia may involve pulling the stomach down into the abdomen and making the opening in the diaphragm smaller. Surgery also may involve reshaping the muscles of the lower oesophagus. This helps keep the contents of the stomach from coming back up.

2. Nissen Fundoplication

The most common and effective surgical procedure for GORD, Nissen fundoplication involves wrapping the top part of the stomach around the lower oesophagus to strengthen the valve between the oesophagus and stomach, preventing acid reflux.

Preparing for Surgery

Initial Consultation

Your journey to relief begins with a comprehensive consultation. Our specialist will review your medical history, conduct a physical examination, and may recommend diagnostic tests such as endoscopy, pH monitoring, or oesophageal manometry to assess the severity of your condition.

Preoperative Guidelines

To ensure a successful surgery and smooth recovery, you will receive detailed preoperative instructions. These may include dietary restrictions, medication adjustments, and lifestyle recommendations. Our team will be available to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have.

The Surgical Experience

On the Day of Surgery

Our dedicated surgical team will provide you with personalized care throughout the procedure. Reflux surgery is typically performed via Laparoscopic (Keyhole Surgery) under general anaesthesia, and the duration varies depending on the type of surgery.

Postoperative Care

Following surgery, you will be monitored in the recovery room before being discharged home. Our team will provide you with detailed postoperative instructions, including dietary guidelines and activity restrictions. Most patients can return to normal activities within a few weeks.

Achieving Long-Term Relief

Recovery and Follow-Up

Recovery times vary, but many patients experience significant symptom relief soon after surgery. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure optimal healing.

Lifestyle Adjustments

While reflux surgery can provide lasting relief, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial. This includes following a balanced diet, avoiding trigger foods, maintaining a healthy weight, and adhering to any additional recommendations provided by your healthcare team.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how reflux surgery can provide you with lasting relief and improve your quality of life.

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