Fundoplication is the most common surgery for GERD. In most cases, it leads to long-term reflux control.
A surgeon performs fundoplication using a laparoscope, a thin tube with a tiny video camera. During the operation, a surgeon sews the top of your stomach around your esophagus to add pressure to the lower end of your esophagus and reduce reflux. The surgeon performs the operation at a hospital. You receive general anesthesia and can leave the hospital in 1 to 3 days. Most people return to their usual daily activities in 2 to 3 weeks.
Fundoplication may be complete or partial:
- Complete Fundoplication: In a complete fundoplication, called Nissen fundoplication, the gastric fundus is wrapped 360 degrees around the esophagus.
- Partial Fundoplication: In a partial fundoplication, the gastric fundus is only partially wrapped around the esophagus.