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Acid Reflux

Advanced Robotics and Laparoscopic Surgeons located in Roseville, Carmichael, Grass Valley and Folsom, CA

Acid Reflux services offered in Roseville, Carmichael, Folsom, CA

Acid reflux is a common problem that causes indigestion and tissue damage. At Sierra Pacific Surgical in Roseville, Folsom, and Carmichael, California, the highly skilled team of surgeons specialize in minimally invasive acid reflux surgery, including placement of the LINX® device. To learn more about surgical options for chronic acid reflux, call or schedule an appointment online at the office most convenient to you. Telehealth consultations are available. 

Acid Reflux Q&A

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux refers to the regurgitation of the acidic contents of your stomach up into your esophagus, causing indigestion and pain. It’s not unusual to have acid reflux after eating a large meal. But if you have heartburn on a regular basis, you likely have a more chronic condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Lifestyle changes and medication may help control GERD. However, if you can’t take medication or it fails to ease your symptoms, then you may benefit from surgical intervention. 

Sierra Pacific Surgical is a state-of-the-art surgery practice that uses cutting-edge tools and techniques when performing acid reflux surgery.

Am I a candidate for acid reflux surgery?

The team at Sierra Pacific Surgical determines if you’re a candidate for acid reflux surgery after a thorough consultation. They may consider you a candidate for surgery if you have GERD, and lifestyle changes and medication fail to ease your symptoms.

They may also recommend acid reflux surgery if you have a GERD-related complication, such as:

  • Esophageal bleeding
  • Esophageal scarring
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Esophagitis
  • Narrowing of the esophagus
  • Hiatal hernia

They may also consider you a candidate for acid reflux surgery if you need to avoid long-term use of acid reflux medication.

What happens during acid reflux surgery?

The team performs your acid reflux surgery at an accredited surgical center. During surgery, they wrap the top portion of your stomach (fundus) around the bottom section of your esophagus, strengthening the muscle band (sphincter) that connects the esophagus to the stomach, called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). This procedure is called fundoplication.

They use minimally invasive robotic surgery to perform acid reflux surgery, reducing incision size and improving accuracy. You may spend several days at the hospital following surgery and then 2-8 weeks of recovery at home.

What is the LINX device for acid reflux?

The LINX device is a small, flexible band of titanium beads with a magnetic core. The surgeons place the LINX device around the lower part of the esophagus to support function of the LES, preventing the acid reflux, but not your ability to swallow, belch, or vomit.

Placement of the LINX device takes about an hour, but it’s done at the surgical center using general anesthesia. 

To learn more about your surgical options for acid reflux at Sierra Pacific Surgical, call or schedule an appointment online today.