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—From Patient Survey

Anti-Reflux (GERD) Surgery

Approximately 10-15% of Americans suffer from daily gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn.   Common causes of reflux include obesity, non-functioning lower esophageal sphincter, hiatal hernias, and nutritional habits such as alcohol, tobacco, coffee, chocolate, etc.  Treatment options for reflux include medications or surgery.  The most common medications are proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) such as Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix, etc.  These have been implicated in causing osteoporosis, possibly esophageal cancer, and heart attacks in patients taking Plavix, a type of blood thinner.

Surgical therapy is usually reserved for patients who continue to suffer from reflux on medication, who have an anatomic abnormality like a hiatal hernia, or who don’t want to take medication for fear of possible long-term complications.  Surgery historically involved an open or minimally invasive approach (laparoscopic) through small incisions to create a new valve by wrapping the stomach around the esophagus.  Currently, Thibodaux Surgical Specialists performs a new procedure without the need for any incisions, called the Esophyx TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication).   No cuts mean no scars or pain.  Request a consult to see if you are a potential candidate for incisionless reflux surgery.