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  1. 1. ==== ====Acid Reflux getting you down? Click here to find more info and find great products. ====Depending on how severe your acid reflux symptoms or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)condition is, you may require surgery in order to improve your symptoms, health, and overalllifestyle. Surgery is an option when lifestyle changes and medicine do not help you manage youracid reflux/GERD symptoms. For some, surgery can provide them a reasonable alternative to alifetime of discomfort and medications.However, you may be wondering what types of surgeries are available and just how effective theyare. The following is a brief overview of the most common surgeries associated with GERD andtheir general success rate.Fundoplication SurgeryNissen Fundopication Surgery is the standard surgical treatment for GERD and was developedover 50 years ago. This procedure is designed to prevent or reduce acid reflux from occurring sothat esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus) can heal.Fundoplication involves gathering and wrapping the fundus (upper curve of the stomach) aroundthe lower area of the esophagus, and stitching the wrap in place. This enables the lower part ofthe esophagus to pass through a small channel that has been created out of the wrapped stomachmuscle. The objective of the surgical procedure is to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter(LES) to prevent stomach acid from entering into the esophagus. It is also important to mentionthat during this procedure if a hiatal hernia is present within the patient, this is also treated. A hiatalhernia is when part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm. The condition is believed toweaken the LES.Fundoplication can be performed in two ways:1. Laparoscopic fundoplicaiton - this is the most common and less invasive procedure. Thesurgeon makes a small cut in the abdomen and inserts a laparoscope (thin lighted tube with avideocamera) in the incision. Four additional pinpoint incisions are then made in the upperabdomen, and needle-like instruments are inserted to allow the surgeon to perform the procedure.2. Open fundoplicaiton - In this procedure, the surgeon makes wide surgical incisions in theabdomen or chest, performs the surgery, and sews up the patient. Open fundoplication is typicallyonly used for obese patients, or if complications occur with the laparoscopic procedure.How successful is fundoplication surgery? Studies have found that many people who undergo theprocedure experience improvement in their symptoms. In more than 50% of cases, patientsexperienced successful relief from GERD symptoms and esophagitis. However, many of these
  2. 2. same patients still required GERD medications to treat remaining symptoms. That being said,medications are often reduced and do not to need to be taken on as regular a basis and mostsymptoms tend to be less severe than before the surgery.Studies have found that approximately between 10 and 20% of patients who underwent surgerycontinued to have regular symptoms, and others who experienced complications from the surgery,required a second surgery within a decade of having the first.You should be aware that the fundoplication surgery is irreversible and the long term effect offundoplication for an individual is unknown.Stretta ProcedureStretta procedure is designed to reduce the occurrence and severity of heartburn and other acidreflux symptoms by tightening and strengthening the LES.This procedure is performed with an endoscope and a Stretta device. An edoscope is a smallilluminated flexible tube that features different channels where medical instruments can beinserted. A Stretta device is a very thin catheter that has a balloon at the end.The patient swallows the endoscope and it moves down the esophagus to rest just above thestomach. The Stretta device is then inserted and the balloon is inflated. The outside of the balloonfeatures four sharp probes that are designed to discharge controlled levels of radio frequencyenergy into the LES and the uppermost region of the stomach known as the gastric cardia. Theelectrodes make thermal lesions on the selected areas. After these lesions heal, the LES muscletoughens.How successful is Stretta procedure? Many studies have found that up to 80% of patients whounderwent the surgery experienced an improvement in their acid reflux symptoms. Many of thepatients had a decrease in heartburn and other acid reflux symptoms within one month ofundergoing the Stretta procedure. These patients managed to stop taking GERD medications withonly encountering little or no discomfort.The vast majority of patients stop taking their medications between 1 and 2 months after thesurgery, but it is not uncommon for patients not to experience improvement of symptoms until 6months after the procedure. Furthermore, a number of patients found that a year after theirprocedure their symptoms were further improved or ceased altogether.The long term effect of Stretta procedure is unknown.EndoCinchThe Bard EndoCinch Suturing System, commonly known as EndoCinch, is a procedure designedto help prevent and reduce the occurrence of acid reflux symptoms and heartburn, as well asreduce the need for GERD medications. This is achieved by altering the gateway between theesophagus and the stomach by placing pleats in the LES.EndoCinch is performed using an endoscope and the Bard EndoCinch Suturing System. The
  3. 3. patient swallows the endoscope which rests just above the stomach, and the EndoCinch isinserted. The medical physician than uses the EndoCinch to make a series of two adjacentstitches below the LES, and then pulls the stitches together to create a pleat. Although mostpatients typically only require one pleat, others may require additional pleats depending on theircondition.How successful is EndoCinch? Clinical trials have found that approximately 70% of patientsexperienced an improvement in overall symptoms, and 75% reduced their intake of GERDmedications.The long term effect of EndoCinch is unknown.Regardless of the GERD surgery, you need to keep in mind that everyone responds differently totreatment and individual results may vary. Therefore, while some people may no longer need totake medications or restrict their diet, others may be required to continue with medications andlifestyle changes to prevent and relieve acid reflux symptoms.Before you consider surgery, you need to understand every surgical procedure has some risk, andnot everyone who undergoes surgery will obtain successful results in relieving their acid refluxsymptoms. Therefore, make sure you know everything about the surgery including what isexpected of you, and all possible outcomes. You need to ask your doctor any questions you mayhave, and after weighing all the risks, carefully determine if surgery is the right option for you.Grab your free copy of Kathryn Whittakers brand new Acid Reflux & GERD Newsletter -Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you discover more about treating acid refluxsymptoms relief and for information on whether an acid reflux cure exists please visit Beat AcidReflux.Article Source: ====Acid Reflux getting you down? Click here to find more info and find great products. ====