| Reasons for Procedure
| Possible Complications
| What to Expect
| Call Your Doctor
Fundoplication is a surgery on the stomach and esophagus. It is done to treat
gastroesophageal reflux disease
(GERD). GERD is also called acid reflux or heartburn. This occurs when acid from the stomach goes up the esophagus. A
may also be fixed during the procedure. This type of hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach pokes into the chest cavity. This hernia increases the chance and severity of GERD.
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Reasons for Procedure
The surgery is most often done for the following reasons:
- Eliminate persistent GERD symptoms that are not relieved by medicine
Correct acid reflux that is contributing to
- Repair a hiatal hernia, which may be responsible for making GERD symptoms worse
- Eliminate the source of serious, long-term complications resulting from too much acid in the esophagus
If you are planning to have fundoplication, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Return of reflux symptoms
- Limited ability to burp or vomit
- Gas pains
- Damage to organs
- Anesthesia-related problems
In rare cases, the procedure may need to be repeated. This may happen if the wrap was too tight, the wrap slips, or if a new hernia forms.
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Pre-existing heart or lung condition
- Prior upper abdominal surgery
What to Expect
Your doctor may do the following:
- Physical exam
—a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body, especially bones
—use of a tube attached to a viewing device (an endoscope) to examine the inside of the lining of the esophagus and stomach;
may also be taken
- Manometry—a test to measure the muscular contractions inside the esophagus and its response to swallowing
Leading up to the surgery:
Talk to your doctor about your medicines. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like:
Anti-inflammatory drugs (eg,
Blood thinners, like
- Arrange for a ride to and from the hospital. Also, arrange for help at home.
- The night before, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
will be used. It will block any pain and keep you asleep through the surgery.
You will have discomfort during recovery. Ask your doctor about medicine to help with the pain.
2-3 days (may be more or less depending on your condition)
- Walk with assistance the day after surgery.
- You will start by eating a liquid diet. You will slowly be able to eat more solid foods.
- After a successful fundoplication, you may no longer need to take medicines for GERD.
- Follow your doctor's instructions.
It will take a few days to one week to recover.
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
- Increased swelling or pain in the abdomen
- Difficulty swallowing that does not improve
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Pain, burning, urgency or frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
- Cough, shortness of breath or chest pain
- Any other new symptoms
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/patientcare/healthcare_services/digestive_disorders/gerd_heartburn/diagnosing_treating_gerd/treating_gerd/Pages/index.aspx. Accessed August 19, 2009.
Last reviewed December 2011 by Daus Mahnke, MD
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