Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is a minimally invasive procedure to correct gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The surgery tightens the junction between the esophagus and the stomach to prevent acid reflux.
The esophagus is the tube between your mouth and stomach. It is part of your gastrointestinal (GI) system.
Fundoplication surgery is most often used to treat GERD symptoms that are likely to be caused in part by a hiatal hernia and that have not been well controlled by medicines. The surgery may also be used for some people who do not have a hiatal hernia. Surgery also may be an option when:
Five small incisions are made in the abdomen where a camera and working surgical instruments are placed.The esophagus is mobilized and the opening in the diaphragm (crural opening) is identified.The crural opening is then closed.The fundus (upper part of the stomach) is then wrapped around the lower portion of the esophagus.The fundoplication is formed by suturing the stomach around the esophagus.
Following surgery, patients stay in the hospital for one night. They start drinking one day after surgery and are discharged home. They will follow dietary restrictions for about two weeks and can start advancing their diet after the clinic visit two weeks after surgery.You will be sent home on a soft diet, which means you can eat almost everything