Doctors advise surgery as a treatment option for patients with persistent symptoms requiring long term medications. Surgically, the LES (Lower esophageal sphincter) valve can be reconstructed and the Hiatus Hernia can also be repaired. Available surgical options are:
- Laparoscopic surgery
- Conventional or Open surgery
The Laparoscopic approach involves four to five tiny incisions for GERD correction i.e. is minimally invasive. In comparison to the open procedure, the post-operative pain is much lesser, the recovery period is very short and cosmetic results are excellent. The open procedure requires a large muscle cutting incision which not only results in a scar but also a very painful and prolonged post-operative period.
Over 90 percent patients have been known to recover completely after GERD surgery.