GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a widely prescribed procedure, especially in the US, with more than 60 million Americans these days experiencing the symptoms of acid reflux. Although acid reflux is not a major health concern, if not treated in time, it may lead to worse conditions. The production of gastric acids in the stomach can damage the esophagus and in some cases lead to esophageal cancer. If you too are experiencing severe acid reflux and looking for permanent relief, antireflux surgery may be the perfect solution for you. Dr. Sachin Kukreja and the at DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery in Dallas specialize in performing reflux surgery and providing comprehensive aftercare.
Signs You Need Medical Intervention
Some common symptoms of reflux that need medical intervention include:
- Acid burning sensation
- Regurgitation of food or acid
- Chronic cough
- Fluid coming up to the mouth
- Voice changes
- Swallowing problems
- Bad breath
Possible Surgical Treatment
LINX is an ideal surgical option when non-surgical treatments and medications of reflux fail to provide relief. LINX is a simple device that restores the reflux barrier. The device is made up of titanium magnets that ensure easy passage of food or drink to the stomach and prevent gastric contents to reflux. The device is placed through a laparoscopic surgical procedure. There is no post-op diet to follow after the surgery and it has no side effects. To learn more about LINX reflux surgery, contact our team of experts in Dallas-Fort Worth.
LINX is a new procedure and offered by relatively few surgical specialists. Although Nissen Fundoplication has long been the gold standard in anti-reflux surgery, many of the shortcomings of this operation have been resolved by the LINX procedure. Studies show that LINX patients have excellent reflux and regurgitation control with an improved quality of life while maintaining the ability to eat normal foods. LINX can be performed in patients with no hiatal hernias, or small hiatal hernias. Larger hernias may require traditional fundoplication.
The Nissen fundoplication is a traditional anti-reflux surgery that involves wrapping the top of the stomach around the lower esophagus. The surgical procedure helps restore LES function and prevent reflux. A laparoscopic or robotic procedure, Nissen is often performed in combination with hiatal hernia repair. The fundoplication or “wrap,” help to strengthen the function of the lower esophageal sphincter to limit reflux. Individuals after their anti-reflux surgery have to follow the post-op diet for some time.
During Gastric Bypass Anti-Reflux Surgery, the acid producing portion of the stomach is separated from the esophagus, which limits the possibility of acid or bile from traveling from the stomach into the esophagus. The doctors at DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery perform gastric bypass surgery through minimally invasive techniques. In patients with a body mass index more than 35 kg/m2, Gastric Bypass is the most favorable option as it treats many disorders that occur due to acid reflux disease. If you too have BMI above 35 kg/m2 and experiencing the symptoms of reflux, consult our team of experts for gastric bypass surgery to learn more about the procedure.
Why Choose Dr. Sachin Kukreja?
At DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery, our team of experts suggests possible surgical options to the individuals facing the symptoms of reflux. Our treatment options include LINX, Laparoscopic or Robotic Nissen Fundoplication, and for individuals with a BMI above 35 kg/m2, Laparoscopic or Robotic Gastric Bypass. We work closely with gastroenterologists to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your symptoms. We routinely operate in the upper abdomen, an area that is unfamiliar to many abdominal surgeons. Familiarity in this area helps to ensure your safety during anti-reflux surgery.
Take the First Step Towards a Healthier Life!
Reflux is a digestive disease that can lead to potentially serious complications, including Barrett’s esophagus (pre-cancer) and esophageal cancer. If you or your loved one are facing the symptoms of reflux, book your appointment with Dr. Sachin Kukreja to discuss the possible non-surgical and surgical treatment options such as Anti-Reflux Surgery in Dallas-Fort Worth or anywhere in Texas. To schedule an appointment call 469-620-0222, 469-620-0223 or fill out our online appointment form to take a step towards a healthier future.