Previous Failed Antireflux Surgery
Antireflux surgery is the procedure to restore the function of the lower esophageal sphincter (the valve between the esophagus and the stomach) and to prevent the reflux of acid and bile (non-acidic juice) from the stomach into the esophagus. The most common procedure to restore the function of the lower esophageal sphincter is a minimally invasive procedure called laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication.
Following an antireflux surgery, if patients present with recurrent symptoms (the same symptoms that were present prior to surgery), or if they present with new reflux-related symptoms, failure of the procedure should be considered.
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By Farzaneh Banki, M.D.
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