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Nissen Fundoplication Surgery

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Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernia may elect to undergo fundoplication surgery to minimize the incidence of stomach acid washing back up into the esophagus. Dr. Raj Kotak at Florida Hospital North Pinellas Surgical Institute in Tarpon Springs can perform this surgery via traditional or laparoscopic (minimally invasive) method and has a strong track record of excellent results with patients referred to our practice by physicians regionwide.

The procedure itself involves “wrapping” the upper part of the stomach around the lower art of the esophagus and securing it there as a means of strengthening the valve that is supposed to keep stomach acid from entering the esophagus. Depending on the patient’s condition, this surgery may be accomplished via the chest or abdominal approach.

For many patients, fundoplication surgery minimizes the uncomfortable symptoms associated with GERD and frees them of the need to continue taking certain medications. However, this surgery is not for everyone. If you have certain concurrent health conditions including trouble swallowing, or you are of advanced age with other health concerns, your doctor may dissuade you from pursuing fundoplication surgery.  Dr. Kotak will thoroughly discuss your options for managing the symptoms of GERD and hiatal hernia, so if you’d like to find out more, contact us at 727.270.9927 or fill out an appointment request form today. You’ll be feeling better soon!