Anti-Reflux Surgery is surgery performed for Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease, which is when food and/or acid travels backwards from the stomach back up into the oesophagus (gullet). The operation may also be called a Fundoplication, Nissen Fundoplication or Toupet Fundoplication.
The principle of this surgery is to use the stomach to reinforce the normal anti reflux mechanisms at the junction of the oesophagus (gullet) and the stomach.
The top part of the stomach (fundus) is freed from the surrounding organs and then wrapped around the lower part of the oesophagus and stitched into position. This then reduces the ability of food and fluid to travel back up into the oesophagus.
This operation can virtually always be performed by Keyhole Surgery. In most cases the post-surgery stay is only one or two nights in hospital.
Almost all patients are extremely happy with the result after surgery and 4 out of 5 can stop anti-acid medication completely. Most of the rest of the patients have greatly improved symptoms but may need to continue some medication.