Acid Reflux Surgery in Phoenix AZ
Throughout their careers, our surgical team have completed hundreds of anti-reflux surgeries, using both traditional and minimally invasive techniques depending on the unique needs of their patients.
Providing Expert Surgical Relief to Heartburn for Patients Throughout Arizona
When medication can’t control your acid reflux, and your esophagus is at risk of serious damage from stomach acid, reflux surgery may be necessary. The general surgeons at Agave Surgical Specialists have extensive experience performing laparoscopic and robotic reflux surgery to prevent acid reflux. In addition, if you have a hiatal hernia, they can repair it at the same time. Acid reflux can be caused by a multitude of different conditions, most of which can be treated with surgery. The team of surgeons at Agave Surgical Specialists near Phoenix can help you decide if surgery is the right path for you. To schedule an appointment for your acid reflux, call one of the offices in Mesa and Chandler or request an appointment online today.
What is Acid Reflux Surgery?
Anti-reflux surgery is one form of treatment for Phoenix patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or other conditions that trigger the flow of gastric acid from the stomach into the esophagus. Our Phoenix area surgeons provide a variety of surgical treatment options to patients whose symptoms have not improved with non-surgical treatment. This allows them to achieve significant improvements in their quality of life.
da Vinci® Acid Reflux Surgery
If your GERD (acid reflux) symptoms are severe and cannot be eased with medicine or lifestyle changes, your doctor may suggest surgery. Surgery for GERD is called fundoplication or Nissen fundoplication.
In many cases, surgery can lead to long-term control of acid reflux. If a hiatal hernia is causing GERD symptoms, your surgeon may also repair the hernia during this operation. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of your stomach pushes up into your diaphragm muscle.
During GERD fundoplication surgery, your doctor wraps the upper curve of your stomach (fundus) around the esophagus (tube that carries food and liquids from your mouth to your stomach). Your surgeon will then stitch it into place. This strengthens the valve between your esophagus and stomach, which stops acid from rising into the esophagus as easily.
Why da Vinci Surgery?
da Vinci technology enables your surgeon to operate through a few small incisions (cuts), like traditional laparoscopy, instead of a large open incision. The da Vinci System is a robotic-assisted surgical device that your surgeon is 100% in control of at all times. The da Vinci System gives surgeons:
- A 3D HD view inside your body
- Wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand
- Enhanced vision, precision and control
The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. da Vinci technology – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.
Risks & Considerations Related to Nissen Fundoplication (acid reflux surgery): tear/hole in the stomach lining, tear in the small intestine or esophagus, the stomach wrap around the esophagus pushes into the chest or breaks down, narrowing or tightening of the esophagus that makes swallowing difficult, collapsed lung, difficulty swallowing, bloating and discomfort from gas buildup, hiatal hernia which occurs when the stomach bulges into the chest through a hole in the diaphragm (muscle separating the chest from the abdomen).
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Important Safety Information
Patients should talk to their doctors to decide if da Vinci® surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on nonsurgical and surgical options and associated risks in order to make an informed decision.
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci surgery, up to and including death. Serious risks include, but are not limited to, injury to tissues and organs and conversion to other surgical techniques, which could result in a longer operative time and/or increased complications. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.intuitive.com/safety.
Individuals' outcomes may depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to patient characteristics, disease characteristics, and/or surgeon experience.
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Do You Need Surgery for Acid Reflux?
There are a number of reasons that a patient may consider acid-reflux surgery. Our team of expert surgeons are committed to helping Phoenix patients access the care they need, whenever they feel comfortable making the decision. Some of the reasons surgery may be recommended are:
- Symptoms that were once manageable with medications and lifestyle changes, are no longer able to achieve adequate relief
- Significant side effects are being experienced from acid reflux suppression medications
- A patient does not want to develop a lifelong reliance on acid reflux prescriptions (however, some cases do require medications for occasional heartburn, even after surgery)
Depending on the severity of your GERD / Acid Reflux, you may need surgery. Our surgeons have helped thousands of people living in Phoenix and Scottsdale find a happy, healthier life.