Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is a digestive disorder resulting from weakness or damage to the lower esophageal sphincter, located between the esophagus and the stomach. The weakness or relaxation of this sphincter allows stomach acid to flow into the esophagus. Symptoms of GERD are similar to heartburn or indigestion, but these symptoms do not typically respond to the over-the-counter treatments that help with normal indigestion. GERD can be caused by a hiatal hernia which weakens the lower esophageal sphincter. Patients from in and around Barrington, Illinois who suffer from GERD should make appointments for consultations with the doctors at Barrington Surgeons to see if surgical treatment will address their health concerns.
The physicians at Barrington Surgeons perform robotic hiatal hernia repairs and Nissen or complete fundoplications of the stomach. Sometimes, a partial fundoplication is required. Some patients are able to stop their proton pump inhibitors after surgery. Fundoplication is a surgical procedure where the upper curve of the stomach is wrapped around the esophagus and sewn into place. This creates a small tunnel of stomach muscle that supports the lower esophageal sphincter and the lower esophagus. The extra support can prevent the reflux of stomach acid back into the esophagus.
Patients are recommended to return to a normal diet as soon as they feel comfortable swallowing. This motion of swallowing and using the esophageal muscles helps the body to adjust and heal. The surgeon will provide specific post-surgical care advice to the patient. In most cases, the patient is advised to rest for the first day or so following the surgery and return to normal non-strenuous activity within a few days after the procedure. Strenuous activity should not be resumed until the doctor gives the all-clear at a follow-up appointment, which usually takes place two weeks after the procedure.
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