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What is laparoscopic nissen fundoplication?

A nissen fundoplication is a procedure that is used to treat chronic acid reflux as it prevents acid travelling from your stomach up into your oesophagus.

What happens during laparoscopic nissen fundoplication?

Laparoscopic nissen fundoplication is performed under general anaesthetic and usually takes 1-2 hours.

Your consultant will make a small cut on or near your belly button and will insert an instrument into your abdominal cavity to inflate it with carbon dioxide. Several small cuts are then made on your abdomen and ports are inserted into these cuts to allow your consultant to insert surgical instruments and a telescope.

Your consultant will stitch your diaphragm to reduce the size of the hole your oesophagus passes through. They will wrap and stitch the top part of your stomach around your lower oesophagus.

The instruments and ports are then removed and your consultant will close the cuts.

Recovery from laparoscopic nissen fundoplication

You may be able to go home on the day of your surgery, however your consultant may recommend you stay in hospital for a little longer.

You will be able to drink from the first day and then you will go on a soft diet. You can normally return to a normal diet after 6 weeks. You should no longer need to take acid-reducing medication.

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