When is surgical intervention appropriate?
Surgical intervention for the long-term treatment of GERD may be appropriate when:
- Drug therapy no longer successfully controls reflux symptoms, has resulted in undesired side effects or secondary health complications, or if you choose to or have been advised by your physician to stop taking frequent medication
- Reflux symptoms are frequent (two or more times a week) and/or persistent (if regurgitation is severe or chronic reflux produces symptoms such as cough, sore throat, chest pain or asthma)
What are my surgical options?
One of the most common causes of GERD — a dysfunctional Lower Esophageal Sphinctor (LES) — may be helped through a surgical procedure called fundoplication, during which the upper part of the stomach (or fundus) is wrapped around the lower part of the esophagus. This goal of this procedure is to strengthen the LES, so that it can properly keep stomach acids out of the esophagus, which can result in long-term relief of reflux.
How is fundoplication performed?
Traditionally, fundoplication has been performed either as open surgery or laparoscopically (making a small incision in the abdomen). With recent breakthroughs in healthcare technology, however, physicians now have the option to perform fundoplication in a less invasive and more patient-friendly way with the Medigus Ultrasonic Surgical Endostapler (MUSE™) system.
With MUSE, a single physician or gastroenterologist is able to conduct the procedure endoscopically, which means no need for incisions. No incisions could mean greater patient comfort and reduced post-procedure recovery time.
Don’t suffer with reflux another day. Contact your physician or gastroenterologist today to learn more about the procedure using the MUSE system, and find out if it’s the right option for your GERD management.