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Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Also know as GERD, this is a chronic disease where the acidic contents of the stomach get refluxed into the lower Oesophageal/ oesophagus, thereby causing damage to it.
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Severe Intestinal Damage - ( Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD )
Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is a chronic disorder where acidic materials contained in the stomach fall back on oesophagus, followed by the weakening of sphincter, which is a muscular ring linking the oesophagus to the stomach. We at Beams Hospital can treat it with the help of minimal invasive surgery. Read on to know how.
1. What is the procedure?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, alternately known as the GERD can be treated with the help of the laparoscopic procedure that entails the tightening of the lower end of the food pipe by wrapping the stomach around it. The steps followed are:
- A few small incisions are made in your body (each incision is around 5-10 mm in size)
- The surgeon then inflates the abdominal cavity with air, which results in the shift of the abdominal wall, which helps the surgeon to get more space for carrying out the surgery
- A laparoscope is inserted through one of these incisions so that the doctor gets a high resolution image of the organ, to be operated upon.
- Other surgical tools are inserted through other incisions
- The doctor then wraps the upper part of the stomach with the lower part of the esophagus and sews it
The various benefits of the laparoscopic approach to GERD surgery are listed below:
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Little or no scars
- Reduced rate of infection
The whole surgery is performed under general anesthesia
3. Appropriate For
The surgery is appropriate for people, who are in general good health and can tolerate the effect of general anesthesia. Common symptoms of GERD include:
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Chest or abdominal pain followed by food consumption
- Belching or bloating
4. Before surgery
Several pre-surgical tests like chest X-ray, blood and EKG will be performed in order to evaluate whether you are physically fit to undergo this surgery or not. Our surgeons will discuss your medical history and explain the whole procedure that would be followed. You can put your queries as well.
You will require around 8 to 12 weeks to recover completely. We will discharge you in just a day or two post surgery. Our nurses will check the measure of input and output from your body. You will be kept on liquid diet on the night of the surgery.
6. After care
After coming back home, you can resume your normal activities slowly. But do not do things that can put pressure in your abdominal area. If the incisions become excessively swollen or red, then do contact us. Please consult our dietician in order to find out if you’re required to follow a strict dietary regime or not.
7. Risk & complications
Chronic esophageal damage and severe intestinal damage are some of the risks of laparoscopic approach to gastroesophageal reflux disease.
The surgery is often recommended to people who do not show any sign of improvement (from heart burn) even after introducing lifestyle changes like cessation of smoking and maintaining smaller gaps between food and sleep. The positive changes in lifestyle continue even after you have undergone the minimal access surgery to get rid of your heartburn, without having to endure much pain.
9. What next
If you are following our doctors’ instruction you can easily get back to normal activities in no time.