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Acid reflux (indigestion) occurs when stomach acid travels up your oesophagus (gullet) often causing a burning sensation. This can happen if the valve between your stomach and your oesophagus is not working properly.

Drugs that lower the acid content in your stomach may resolve this condition. If conservative treatment is not working for you, your surgeon may recommend anti reflux surgery.

What happens during laparoscopic anti reflux surgery?

Laparoscopic anti reflux surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes between one and two hours.

Your surgeon will make several small incisions (cuts) in your abdomen (stomach). They will place surgical instruments, along with a tube connected to a light and camera (called a laparoscope) inside your abdomen to perform the operation. So your surgeon will have room to work your abdomen will be inflated with carbon dioxide gas.

Your surgeon will stitch your diaphragm to reduce the size of the hole your oesophagus passes through. They will then wrap and stitch the top part of your stomach around your lower oesophagus. This creates a valve preventing excess acid from travelling into your oesophagus.

They will close your wounds with stitches or staples.

After your operation

Once your operation is over, you’ll be taken to the recovery room where you will wake from the anaesthetic. Your wounds, blood pressure and pulse will be checked carefully.

You may have a drain in your abdomen to remove fluid. This will be removed before you leave hospital.

You may also have a drip (infusion) going into your arm. This will keep you hydrated until you are able to drink.

When you are stable and comfortable, a nurse will take you to your room.

Going home after laparoscopic anti reflux surgery

Because laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive, your hospital stay will be shorter. You should be able to go home the day after your procedure.

You will be given pain relief medication. Be sure and tell our healthcare team if you in any pain or discomfort.

You may be given dietary instructions on foods to avoid immediately after surgery. Soft, more liquid foods may be easier to swallow in the first few days.

You should rest and avoid any strenuous activity for the first two weeks. Be sure and discuss any return to work with your surgeon.

What are the complications of laparoscopic anti reflux surgery?

As with any surgery there can be complications.

General complications of surgery:

Specific complications of laparoscopic anti reflux surgery may include:

  • Damage to internal organs
  • Developing a hernia near your wound sites
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Air in chest cavity
  • Tear of the stitches holding the stomach wrap
  • Liver damage
  • Recurrence of reflux

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Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
Overall rating Good
Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
Overall rating Good
Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555805
Overall rating Good
Ipswich  

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
Overall rating Good
Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
Overall rating Outstanding
Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
Overall rating Good
North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
Overall rating Good
Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
Overall rating Outstanding
Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

01926 436351
Overall rating Good
Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 754 177
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