It is a condition in which a portion of the stomach extends through an opening in the diaphragm located in the chest. The diaphragm is the muscular layer that separates the thorax from the abdomen. The diaphragm has a small hole (hiatus) through which the feeding tube (esophagus) passes before joining the stomach.
Patients who do not respond well to changes in lifestyle or medications or who constantly require medications in order to control their symptoms should learn to cope with their condition or they may undergo a surgical procedure. Surgery is very effective for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux.
Some symptoms include:
Through an assessment with your physician and surgeon, you will know when you are on time to get a surgery in order to eradicate the problem.
The advantages of the laparoscopic method are that it usually provides:
It consists of strengthening the “valve” between the esophagus and the stomach by surrounding the lower end of the esophagus with the upper portion of the stomach. In a laparoscopic procedure, surgeons use small incisions (a quarter to a half inch) in order to access the abdomen through cannulas (narrow tubular instruments).