Many people experience severe acid reflux or symptomatic hiatus hernias that no longer respond to medication. This causes discomfort and issues in the oesophagus.
Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease or GORD is a condition that causes food or stomach acid to come back up from your stomach into your oesophagus. This is called reflux. It can cause heartburn and other uncomfortable symptoms. Reflux occurs if the muscles where the oesophagus meets the stomach do not close tightly enough.
A hiatal hernia occurs when the natural opening in your diaphragm is too large. Your diaphragm is the muscle and tissue layer between your chest and belly. Your stomach may bulge through this large hole into your chest. This bulging is called a hiatal hernia. It may make GORD symptoms worse.
Anti-reflux surgery is keyhole surgery to correct a problem with the muscles at the bottom of the oesophagus (the tube from your mouth to the stomach).
The procedure involves repairing the hiatal hernia with stitches. Then, tightening the diaphragm opening to keep the stomach from bulging through. Then the surgeon narrows the upper part of the stomach around the end of your esophagus. This creates pressure at the end of your oesophagus and helps prevent stomach acid and food from flowing back up. Surgery is done while you are under general anesthesia (asleep and pain-free). Surgery usually takes 2 to 3 hours.
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