Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery for gastric reflux is indicated when:
The stomach has a natural mechanism for preventing gastric reflux into the oesophagus. However in some situations, this mechanism is no longer effective and symptoms of heartburn or reflux occur. Reflux can be severe enough to have food or drink regurgitate back into the mouth.
Anti-reflux surgery involves using part of the stomach to wrap around the lower part of the oesophagus (food pipe) to recreate the original anti-reflux mechanism of the body. There are different types of anti-reflux surgery (Dor, Toupet or Nissen). Not everyone is suitable for the same type of anti-reflux surgery. Further investigations are usually required prior to proceeding with surgery to ensure the correct diagnosis and the correct procedure is performed.
After anti-reflux surgery, you will have to modify your diet until the surgical changes have settled. This is usually over a period of a few weeks.