Acid reflux is a condition where acid from your stomach travels up into your oesophagus (gullet). This happens if the valve between your stomach and your oesophagus does not work effectively. Acid reflux can cause ‘heartburn’ or acid in the back of your mouth (see figure 1).
You should get relief from the symptoms of acid reflux without needing to take medication.
Medication that lowers the acid content in your stomach is effective at controlling symptoms and healing inflammation.
Surgery is recommended only if the symptoms continue or if you would prefer to have an operation than take medication for the rest of your life.
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes one to two hours.
Your surgeon may use keyhole surgery. They will make several small cuts on your abdomen. Your surgeon will insert surgical instruments, along with a telescope, inside your abdomen and perform the operation.
Your surgeon 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.
Your surgeon can wrap your stomach all the way round your oesophagus or just part-way round.
You should be able to go home within a few days.
You should be able to return to work after three to four weeks, depending on the extent of surgery and your type of work.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
You should make a full recovery, with the symptoms of acid reflux gone or much improved.
Author: Prof Simon Parsons DM FRCS (Gen. Surg.)
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Expected length of hospital stay
Up to one night stay
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