A Closer Look at GERD Procedures

An illustration of a persons stomach and intestines.GERD treatment innovations have resulted in several procedures that can greatly alleviate symptoms of GERD. Each of these procedures uses minimally invasive techniques, providing an easier and faster recovery time.

Nissen Fundoplication

This procedure involves wrapping the upper part of the stomach around the lower esophagus in order to strengthen the gastroesophageal valve and prevent reflux. This procedure is performed laparoscopically, using only five small incisions.

Magnetic Augmentation of the GE Junction or LINX

During the LINX procedure, a small, flexible band of magnetic titanium beads is implanted around the gastroesophageal junction (the entrance from the esophagus into the stomach). When in place, the magnets augment the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the muscle that opens and closes to allow food to enter and stay in the stomach. This procedure is performed laparoscopically.

Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication or TIF

The TIF procedure uses a device called the EsophyX2. The procedure reconstructs the antireflux valve at the gastroesophageal junction (the entrance from the esophagus into the stomach). TIF is performed using an endoscopic technique.

Am I a Candidate for GERD Procedures?

Not all patients are candidates, however, you may want to consider a GERD procedure if you:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have used proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to treat your GERD for at least six months
  • Respond well to medications but do not want to continue taking medications indefinitely

The team at the Reflux Center will do a complete evaluation to determine if a GERD procedure is right for you.


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