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Antireflux surgery


Fundoplication: The procedure consists of two essential steps to restore the reflux barrier. The first step aims to repair the diaphragmatic hernia or to narrow the passage through the diaphragm. In the second step, the valve at the oesophagus/stomach junction is restored (sphincter function). To strengthen the oesophageal sphincter, a sleeve is formed from the upper part of the stomach and placed around the lower oesophagus. This procedure is referred to as fundoplication or anti-reflux surgery. The sleeve improves the function of the sphincter by increasing the pressure on the oesophagus opening. 

Preliminary clarifications: Gastroscopy, acid measurement and pressure measurement of the oesophagus.

A short inpatient stay of 3 to 4 days is to be expected. The acid blockers can usually be suspended a few days after the operation. In addition, heavy lifting and abdominal muscle training should be avoided for a 2-to-3-month period.


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