How does reflux surgery work?

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How does reflux surgery work?

Gastro-oesophageal reflux is a common problem: about 1 in 3 Australians have some form of heartburn or reflux. Reflux that occurs every day can have a significant effect on quality of life and can require high doses of medications to treat it.

GORD or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease can then be diagnosed after an endoscopy or gastroscopy and reflux surgery may be recommended. So how does reflux surgery work and what does it do?
Reflux surgery helps return the upper stomach and lower oesophagus valve mechanism to normal anatomy: The stomach may have undergone a slippage through the diaphragm and up into the chest.
how does reflux surgery work
The surgery brings the stomach back down into the abdominal cavity and the diaphragm is tightened with sutures.

Restoring the anti-reflux mechanism

Sometimes, via keyhole surgery, the upper stomach is wrapped around the lower oesophagus to recreate a valve here to reduce reflux. In general, there are some simple things you can do to help relieve reflux problems: avoiding big meals, fatty food, smoking, alcohol and coffee can help. If you are also suffering from obesity, losing weight or even considering a joint bariatric surgical procedure may be recommended as well.
how does reflux surgery work

Why consider reflux surgery?

If you have been diagnosed with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, it’s important to follow up and to consider appropriate treatment. If left untreated, GORD can cause complications such as ulcers in the oesophagus, gastrointestinal bleeding, iron-deficiency or significant pain. There is also the possibility of progression to oesophageal cancers with longstanding untreated reflux. Reflux surgery is usually performed via keyhole or laparoscopic surgery.
At Advance Surgical, Mr Siva Gounder and Dr Jon Armstrong are highly qualified bariatric and general surgeons. We have built on years of experience performing surgery procedures, and work alongside a team of dietitians and clinical psychologists. We are passionate about improving the lives of our patients, and aim to provide the most suitable surgical procedure for your situation.