Acid reflux surgery is a procedure you think about going through when the over the counter and prescription medications are no longer relieving the pain or you just don’t want to live the rest of your life on these type of medications.
First off we have to understand that there are a couple key organs in your body that play a key role with you having acid reflux.
If you can get these two organs to work together as they were intended you would probably never experience or have very few flare ups.
The sphincter is the organ that is oriented between the lower portion of the esophagus and the opening into the stomach. Its role is to allow food into the stomach while also preventing acid from backing up into the esophagus (acid reflux)
The esophagus is the organ that connects to the throat on the upper side and the stomach on the lower side creating a path for food to flow from the mouth. It lies behind the heart and windpipe and in front of the spine. Laying behind the heart and windpipe explains some of the pain we experience around the heart and windpipe.
Now when you can’t get these two organs to work in harmony and medications are not helping it may be time to think about a surgical procedure to help getting the organs working more like they were intended. Below are five of the most common procedures.
1. Nissen Fundoplication
Most commonally performed and considered the most effective.
2. Laparoscopic Fundoplication
Involves folding a certain portion of the stomach around the lower esophagus
3. Stretta RF Ablation
Least invasive alternative to surgery and implants.
4. TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) with EsophyX
Recreation of the gastroesophageal valve using a special device.
5. LINX Reflux Management System
Fairly new procedure in the way that it treats reflux.