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What is fundoplication?

Fundoplication is a surgery to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD occurs when the muscles of the esophagus do not close the opening to the stomach tightly enough. This causes reflux in which stomach contents back up into the esophagus. Fundoplication involves wrapping the upper part of the stomach around the bottom of the esophagus to tighten the stomach opening.

Fundoplication is also known as anti-reflux surgery or acid reflux surgery. Reflux can cause chronic heartburn, vomiting, coughing and wheezing. Fundoplication can lessen or fully prevent reflux. It may be an option for you if medications and lifestyle changes have not improved reflux.

Fundoplication is a common but major surgery with significant risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options. Consider getting a second opinion about all of your treatment choices before having fundoplication. 

Medical Reviewers: Daphne E. Hemmings, MD, MPH Last Review Date: Jul 13, 2013

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Medical References

  1. Fundoplication. North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. topics/english/Fundoplication.pdf.
  2. Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication. The Cardiothoracic Surgery Network.
  3. Patient Information for Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux (GERD) Surgery from SAGES. Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

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