People who suffer from chronic acid reflux deal with a lot of discomfort. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can make every meal feel like a battle. Many people attempt to handle this disease through medication or diet, but it is extremely difficult to control. Surgery is the best lasting option for treatment of GERD.
The Problem With Minimally Invasive Surgery
Surgery is often a considered a last resort for many people. Not only does surgery come with complications, it often means missing work for a significant period of time, a slow recovery with possible complications, and can cause side effects. The current surgery used to treat GERD is called a Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication. Although the procedure is minimally invasive and has high success rates with relatively short recovery time, the procedure still often causes side effects. The most common is known as “gas bloat syndrome.” With this side effect, the gas that would normally be pushed out through the mouth (a burp) is trapped inside the stomach and intestines by the tying procedure. This can make the person extremely uncomfortable. Other less common side effects can include difficulty swallowing and dumping syndrome, where food passes into the intestines without being fully digested and making it difficult for the body to pass the items.
A New Technique On The Cutting Edge of Medicine – Without the Cutting
A new procedure is being pioneered by Dr. Glenn Ihde. The new procedure, known as a Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication, is an incisionless reflux surgery. While the previous fundoplication surgery required an incision to get to the lower end of the esophagus where the upper part of the stomach was stitched around it, the new procedure allows Dr. Ihde to go through the patients mouth using an EsophyX instrument to perform the necessary procedure. This incisionless surgery eliminates the internal and external cutting and scarring. The surgery does not take as long, and the recovery time is remarkably short.
Explore Your Options
If you are one of the many people that suffer from GERD, talk to your doctor today to find out what your options are and what the best choice for you may be. There are options out there for relief. If you have struggled to control your disease or if you are nervous about the side effects that may occur with a traditional surgery, consider a Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication. It may be the best choice to get to a healthier you.