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When is Fundoplication Performed?

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Updated November 27, 2007

Question: When is Fundoplication Performed?
Answer:

The doctor may recommend fundoplication when a patient has one of the following symptoms:

  • Severe heartburn / acid reflux

  • Severe inflammation of the esophagus that has been caused by the backflow of stomach contents (erosive esophagitis)

  • There is a narrowing of the esophagus because it has been damaged by acid reflux (esophageal stricture)

  • A hiatal hernia where the upper part of the stomach slides up through the opening in the diaphragm and doesn't drop back down (para-esophageal hernia)

  • Chronic inflammation in the lungs, such as pneumonia, caused by inhaling gastric fluids that have backed up into the throat

Related Resources:

Sources:

"Heartburn Or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)" American College of Gastroenterology. 25 Nov 2007.

"Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)" NIH Publication No. 03 07-0882 May 2007. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). 25 Nov 2007.

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