Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) (cont.)
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Surgery may be used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms that have not been well controlled by medicines.
Surgery may be an option when:
The benefits of surgery need to be compared to the possible complications and new symptoms you may have after surgery. Surgery for GERD can cause problems with swallowing and burping. It can also cause extra gas in the digestive tract, which leads to bloating and passing gas (flatulence).
After surgery, you may need to have other procedures to fix these problems. Some people still have to take medicine to control their symptoms, even after surgery. And some people need to have surgery again. For more information, see:
Fundoplication surgery is the most common surgery used to treat GERD. This surgery strengthens the valve between the esophagus and stomach (lower esophageal sphincter) to keep acid from backing up into the esophagus as easily. It relieves GERD symptoms and inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis).2
Other types of surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease may include:
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