ACID REFLUX SURGERY IN
NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, CONNECTICUT
GET RELIEF FROM YOUR HEARTBURN
STOP REFLUX AT ITS SOURCE
RESTORE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE
Stop your heartburn forever!
ACID REFLUX SURGERY NY
Reflux (also called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD) is caused by a weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter. GERD allows acid and bile to flow back from the stomach into the esophagus, causing injury to the lining of the esophagus. Typical symptoms include heartburn, regurgitation of food or liquid, and difficulty swallowing (Dysphagia). Other symptoms include feeling a lump in the throat (Globus), asthma , cough, persistent sore throat, hoarseness and chest pain. At the New York Reflux Group we can help you get on the path to a reflux-free lifestyle.
RELIEF FROM YOUR HEARTBURN
GERD or acid reflux surgery is an option when medicine and lifestyle changes do not work. Surgery may also be a reasonable alternative to a lifetime of drugs and discomfort. Our experienced bariatric surgeons can help you decide which surgical option is right for you.
You have goals. We can get you there. At the New York Reflux Group we can help you get off of medication, be free of reflux, no longer suffer from nighttime regurgitation, feel less bloated and improve your quality of life. Medication has side effects and can be expensive, especially when taken over a lifetime of reflux disease. We offer various treatment options and finding out which one is the right option for you is as simple as coming in for a consultation.
HOW IS GERD TREATED?
Medications such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can provide symptomatic relief, but do not treat the anatomical problem underlying GERD. PPIs can also lead to long term complications, with bone density, neurological issues and nutrient absorption.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a condition caused by changes in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that allows acid or bile to rise into the esophagus from the stomach. GERD can lead to symptoms which can be classified as typical or atypical. To confirm a diagnosis of GERD your doctor might recommend any of the following; Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), Ph Monitoring, Impedance and Manometry.
Treatment for GERD may include lifestyle changes, medications, or surgery depending on the severity of your heartburn and symptoms. The pioneers at the New York Reflux Group are among some of the first surgeons in the United States to perform surgical treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease. When surgery is your recommended course of treatment, it is important to know the different surgical options available to you.
WHAT IS THE TIF PROCEDURE?
Another option for treatment of reflux is Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF). The TIF procedure reconstructs the valve between the esophagus and the stomach to prevent reflux. Because the procedure is incisionless, there is less pain, no scar, and the patient can get back to normal activity within a few days after the procedure.
TIF surgery is an effective treatment option for chronic acid reflux. This is a minimally invasive procedure for GERD that is performed in an outpatient setting. The TIF procedure is effective and very safe. Most patients are able to return home on the same or following day and able to resume most ordinary activities within a few days.
Nissen Fundoplication is a procedure that alleviates chronic heartburn in people whose condition cannot be controlled by either lifestyle changes or medication. Their symptoms are caused by severe gastroesophageal reflux due to a weak valve muscle between the stomach and the esophagus. They experience a burning sensation from the chest to the throat whenever stomach acids are forced back up into the esophagus.
The nissen fundoplication procedure is a surgery that restores the body’s normal defense against reflux, by reconstructing the LES. This is a safe procedure in skilled hands that takes about 30 minutes to perform. It is a minimally invasive surgery that is performed through 4 small incisions. The stomach is wrapped around the stomach to strengthen the LES.
It does require strict adherence to a soft diet for 4 weeks after the procedure. 90% of patients are able to remove or reduce PPIs substantially. A small number of patients may have difficulty swallowing or bloating after the procedure. This is usually transient and resolves with 6 weeks after the procedure.
LINX: RELIEF FROM YOUR HEARTBURN
LINX is a simple procedure and mechanism. LINX is a small and flexible ring of magnets that opens with a swallow and stays closed at rest. Simple and effective.
LINX is an excellent option for patients who are diagnosed with GERD and continue to have symptoms, despite being on medication. If this describes you, it is time to consider LINX.
Upon swallowing, a patient with the LINX system installed, will pass food or drink through the lower esophagus, overcoming the magnetic attraction between the beads. This permits the contents to pass through the lower esophageal sphincter into the stomach. When the stomach reacts and reflux tries to escape up the esophagus, leading to heartburn, the magnetic beads keep the acid down in the same manner as a normally functioning LES.
THE LINX® ADVANTAGE
- Minimally invasive procedure (tiny incisions)
- Short stay procedure
- No change to the normal anatomy of the stomach
- Resume normal activity quickly
- Resume a regular diet immediately after surgery
It is a great option for patients who have reflux after sleeve gastrectomy.
This procedure can help patients return to a normal lifestyle unaffected by their GERD.
You may qualify for the LINX procedure if:
- You no longer desire to take medication(s) to manage your reflux
- Changes in your diet and lifestyle have not provided you much relief
- Medication has not succeeded in treating your acid reflux symptoms
- Your quality of life is adversely affected by your symptoms