Laparoscopic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Laparoscopic surgery uses a thin, lighted tube (laparoscope) that is inserted into the abdominal cavity through a very small incision in the wall of the abdomen. The laparoscope allows the surgeon to see inside the abdomen without making a large incision. Surgical instruments can also be inserted through additional small incisions.

Laparoscopic surgery may take about the same or more time to perform as open surgery, but the time required for recovery is usually shorter. It costs about the same as open surgery, which requires a large incision. The main advantages of laparoscopic surgery are that the small incisions leave smaller scars, and recovery from the surgery takes less time.

Laparoscopic surgical techniques are often used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). When you are choosing a surgeon, the most important consideration is the surgeon's experience. Find out the number of these procedures the surgeon has performed and his or her success rate.

Last Updated: March 31, 2008

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