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Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

UW Health surgeons at UW Hospital and Clinics perform laparoscopic fundoplication, an operation used to treat severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
 
GERD is the movement of stomach contents (partially digested food, or bile) from the stomach back up into the esophagus. Depending on the circumstances, surgeons may decide to use robotic surgery techniques for Nissen fundoplication, which allows for more exact, precise surgical movements and is a minimally-invasive approach to surgery.
 

Nissen Fundoplication

 

A Nissen fundoplication is a type of fundoplication during which the surgeon wraps the upper part of the stomach (fundus) around the lower esophagus to create an antireflux valve. This will allow food and drink to go down into the stomach but prevents stomach contents from flowing back up into the esophagus.

 
Symptoms
 
GERD may cause symptoms including:
  • Regurgitation 
  • Chronic cough, hoarseness or asthma

Fundoplication surgery is usually only considered after patients fail treatment with medications.