During an open
fundoplication, a portion of the stomach is wrapped around the bottom of the
esophagus. This creates a new valve for the esophagus.
Also Known As:
- Stomach surgery
- Nissen fundoplication
- GERD surgery
Conditions Treated with an Open
fundoplication may be performed in cases of chronic heartburn or
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
alternatives to an open fundoplication include antacids, medication and dietary
changes. The procedure may be performed laparoscopically as a surgical
Anesthesia with an Open Fundoplication:
fundoplication is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the
patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from an Open
following an open fundoplication include infection, bleeding, incisional
hernia, esophagus perforation and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. Some
patients experience bloating, flatulence and a sensation of food sticking in
the esophagus, which subsides in a few weeks.
Prognosis after an Open Fundoplication:
The prognosis for a
positive end result following an open fundoplication is good.
Recovery from an Open Fundoplication:
Total recovery from
an open fundoplication takes two to three weeks.