What Is Anti-Reflux Surgery?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive condition that affects countless individuals to varying degrees. It occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) fails to prevent food and stomach acids from regurgitating into the esophagus. This can lead to heartburn and other symptoms, or cause tissue damage, and may require surgical care in severe or chronic cases. The experienced general surgeons at Sierra Pacific Surgical are proud to offer robotic anti-reflux (GERD) surgery to patients throughout the Sacramento region. As a minimally invasive procedure, robotic acid reflux surgery (called Nissen fundoplication) may be performed to reinforce a weak LES or repair a hiatal hernia, which may contribute to GERD. For more on the benefits of robot-assisted anti-reflux surgery, please contact our Roseville or Folsom, CA team to set up a surgical consultation.
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"All, This has been my second procedure done at Sierra Pacific Surgical by doctor Skeehan, and I am completely impressed with the doctors, the anesthesiologists, the nurses, and the facilities. Definitely a five star rating on the above and I would like to also thank the pre and post operation assistance over the telephone. My Prayers And Regards,"- M.C. / Google / Mar 27, 2022
How Does Robotic Anti-Reflux Surgery Work?
Performed in an accredited surgical center, anti-reflux surgery involves strengthening the muscle band (sphincter) that connects the lower esophagus to the stomach. This reduces the chance of stomach contents pushing back up into the esophagus. To begin, our expert surgeons will create small incisions in the abdominal area. We will then complete the surgery by utilizing flexible robotic instruments as part of the da Vinci surgical system. The fundus, or the top portion of the stomach, will be carefully wrapped around the bottom section of the esophagus to reinforce the sphincter. A hiatal hernia (if present) will be repaired by gently pushing the stomach back into the abdominal cavity. Once anti-reflux surgery is complete, the incisions will be closed.
Anti-Reflux (GERD) Surgery FAQ
Who is a candidate for anti-reflux surgery?
The best candidates for anti-reflux surgery in Sacramento, CA, may have tried and failed to control their GERD with lifestyle changes or medication. If a patient is experiencing severe complications from GERD, such as bleeding or scarring of the esophagus, then GERD surgery may be in their best interest. Our surgical team at Sierra Pacific Surgical can help you make an informed decision about whether GERD surgery is right for you.
How long does it take to recover from GERD surgery?
Patients undergoing GERD surgery in Sacramento, CA, can expect to spend several days in the hospital and then 2 – 8 weeks recovering at home. Your surgical team at Sierra Pacific Surgical will give you instructions on aftercare, including how long you should follow a special diet after surgery.
How successful is GERD surgery?
GERD surgery has a very high success rate. The vast majority of patients do not need medications to control their symptoms once GERD surgery has been performed. The improvement of symptoms has been shown to last long-term.
Surgical Solutions for Heartburn Relief
Robotic acid reflux surgery enhances surgical control and increases treatment precision to deliver the best possible results for our patients. If you are suffering from GERD or a hiatal hernia and lifestyle changes and medications are not providing relief, it may be time to consider a surgical approach. Learn more about robotic anti-reflux (GERD) surgery by meeting with one of our experienced physicians. Please contact our Folsom or Roseville, CA facility today to set up a treatment consultation.