Northeast Georgia Physicians Group’s Heartburn & Swallowing Center offers fully integrated care and expertise in the management of a broad spectrum of esophageal diseases.
What is Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication?
The most common surgery for GERD is Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication (LNF). This procedure typically requires several small punctures to insert the laparoscopic camera and instruments into the abdomen. The surgeon then uses an adjacent portion of the stomach—the fundus—to wrap around the defective LES and make it suitably resistant to gastroesophageal regurgitation.
Our goal with surgery is to have complete control of heartburn and regurgitation, have no requirement for acid-reducing medications and allow the patient to eat whatever they like. Studies show patients treated surgically have a better quality of life than those managed with medication alone. One of the best ways to understand surgical treatment is to talk to someone who has been through it. If you’d like, we’ll have a former surgical patient contact you to discuss their experience.
What to Expect
The surgery takes 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the complexity of the individual patient’s anatomy, prior surgeries or the need for more specialized techniques. Patients typically are discharged the following morning on a soft diet that they will follow for several weeks while healing occurs, and return to normal activities in about a week.
Why Choose NGPG?
Although esophageal sphincter surgery has been performed for over 50 years, the use of advanced laparoscopic techniques has made surgical treatment much easier. Studies show that an experienced surgeon is essential to obtain good results. Our surgeons are experts at anti-reflux surgery and the most experienced in this area of Georgia, with hundreds of successfully treated patients. We perform all surgeries at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where you will have access to the latest minimally-invasive technology and expert care.
Request an Appointment
To schedule a consultation with NGPG Heartburn & Swallowing Center about treatment options for GERD, call us at 770-219-9200 or use our online form on this page.