REFLUX DISEASE & HIATUS HERNIA SURGERY
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
A chronic disease, Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) is caused when the lower oesophageal sphincter doesn’t close properly and stomach contents leak or reflux back into the oesophagus. Symptoms include persistent heartburn and acid regurgitation, and in some cases chest pain, the sensation of choking and trouble swallowing. A hiatal hernia protrudes through the oesophageal opening in the diaphragm. Proper diagnosis and treatment is essential.
If drug therapy and a healthy lifestyle has not alleviated your reflux symptoms, surgery is an effective way to treat symptoms.
Making four tiny half-centimetre incisions, a laparoscopic Fundoplication uses specialised instruments and surgical camera to wrap the upper portion of the stomach around the oesophagus to reinforce the strength of the lower oesophageal sphincter.
The minimally invasive surgery ensures a short recovery time with less pain and minimal scarring in comparison to general open surgery. Only a short stay, usually overnight, is required in hospital. We recommend two weeks before resuming normal duties.