Fundoplication: Mobilization of the lower end of the esophagus and plication of the fundus of the stomach around it (fundic wrapping) in the treatment of GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX that may be associated with various disorders, such as hiatal hernia. (From Dorland, 28th ed)Gastroesophageal Reflux: Retrograde flow of gastric juice (GASTRIC ACID) and/or duodenal contents (BILE ACIDS; PANCREATIC JUICE) into the distal ESOPHAGUS, commonly due to incompetence of the LOWER ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER.Hernia, Hiatal: STOMACH herniation located at or near the diaphragmatic opening for the ESOPHAGUS, the esophageal hiatus.Laparoscopy: A procedure in which a laparoscope (LAPAROSCOPES) is inserted through a small incision near the navel to examine the abdominal and pelvic organs in the PERITONEAL CAVITY. If appropriate, biopsy or surgery can be performed during laparoscopy.Gastric Fundus: The superior portion of the body of the stomach above the level of the cardiac notch.Esophageal Achalasia: A motility disorder of the ESOPHAGUS in which the LOWER ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER (near the CARDIA) fails to relax resulting in functional obstruction of the esophagus, and DYSPHAGIA. Achalasia is characterized by a grossly contorted and dilated esophagus (megaesophagus).Manometry: Measurement of the pressure or tension of liquids or gases with a manometer.Esophagus: The muscular membranous segment between the PHARYNX and the STOMACH in the UPPER GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT.Esophageal pH Monitoring: Analysis of the HYDROGEN ION CONCENTRATION in the lumen of the ESOPHAGUS. It is used to record the pattern, frequency, and duration of GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX.Esophagitis, Peptic: INFLAMMATION of the ESOPHAGUS that is caused by the reflux of GASTRIC JUICE with contents of the STOMACH and DUODENUM.Deglutition Disorders: Difficulty in SWALLOWING which may result from neuromuscular disorder or mechanical obstruction. Dysphagia is classified into two distinct types: oropharyngeal dysphagia due to malfunction of the PHARYNX and UPPER ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER; and esophageal dysphagia due to malfunction of the ESOPHAGUS.Esophagogastric Junction: The area covering the terminal portion of ESOPHAGUS and the beginning of STOMACH at the cardiac orifice.Eructation: The ejection of gas or air through the mouth from the stomach.Gastric Dilatation: Abnormal distention of the STOMACH due to accumulation of gastric contents that may reach 10 to 15 liters. Gastric dilatation may be the result of GASTRIC OUTLET OBSTRUCTION; ILEUS; GASTROPARESIS; or denervation.Gastrostomy: Creation of an artificial external opening into the stomach for nutritional support or gastrointestinal compression.Dumping Syndrome: Gastrointestinal symptoms resulting from an absent or nonfunctioning pylorus.Stomach: An organ of digestion situated in the left upper quadrant of the abdomen between the termination of the ESOPHAGUS and the beginning of the DUODENUM.Postoperative Complications: Pathologic processes that affect patients after a surgical procedure. They may or may not be related to the disease for which the surgery was done, and they may or may not be direct results of the surgery.Chylous Ascites: Presence of milky lymph (CHYLE) in the PERITONEAL CAVITY, with or without infection.Esophagoplasty: A plastic operation on the esophagus. (Dorland, 28th ed)Vagus Nerve Injuries: Traumatic injuries to the VAGUS NERVE. Because the vagus nerve innervates multiple organs, injuries in the nerve fibers may result in any gastrointestinal organ dysfunction downstream of the injury site.Esophagoscopy: Endoscopic examination, therapy or surgery of the esophagus.Laparotomy: Incision into the side of the abdomen between the ribs and pelvis.Diverticulum, Esophageal: Saccular protrusion beyond the wall of the ESOPHAGUS.Esophageal Perforation: An opening or hole in the ESOPHAGUS that is caused by TRAUMA, injury, or pathological process.History, 18th Century: Time period from 1701 through 1800 of the common era.Esophageal Stenosis: A stricture of the ESOPHAGUS. Most are acquired but can be congenital.Reoperation: A repeat operation for the same condition in the same patient due to disease progression or recurrence, or as followup to failed previous surgery.Treatment Outcome: Evaluation undertaken to assess the results or consequences of management and procedures used in combating disease in order to determine the efficacy, effectiveness, safety, and practicability of these interventions in individual cases or series.Esophagitis: INFLAMMATION, acute or chronic, of the ESOPHAGUS caused by BACTERIA, chemicals, or TRAUMA.Laryngopharyngeal Reflux: Back flow of gastric contents to the LARYNGOPHARYNX where it comes in contact with tissues of the upper aerodigestive tract. Laryngopharyngeal reflux is an extraesophageal manifestation of GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX.Stomach Rupture: Bursting of the STOMACH.Follow-Up Studies: Studies in which individuals or populations are followed to assess the outcome of exposures, procedures, or effects of a characteristic, e.g., occurrence of disease.Flatulence: Production or presence of gas in the gastrointestinal tract which may be expelled through the anus.Postoperative Care: The period of care beginning when the patient is removed from surgery and aimed at meeting the patient's psychological and physical needs directly after surgery. (From Dictionary of Health Services Management, 2d ed)Endoscopy, Digestive System: Endoscopic examination, therapy or surgery of the digestive tract.Stomach Diseases: Pathological processes involving the STOMACH.Hernia, Diaphragmatic: Protrusion of abdominal structures into the THORAX as a result of congenital or traumatic defects in the respiratory DIAPHRAGM.Treatment Failure: A measure of the quality of health care by assessment of unsuccessful results of management and procedures used in combating disease, in individual cases or series.Wandering Spleen: A congenital or acquired condition in which the SPLEEN is not in its normal anatomical position but moves about in the ABDOMEN. This is due to laxity or absence of suspensory ligaments which normally provide peritoneal attachments to keep the SPLEEN in a fixed position. Clinical symptoms include ABDOMINAL PAIN, splenic torsion and ISCHEMIA.Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal: Endoscopic examination, therapy or surgery of the gastrointestinal tract.Cineradiography: Motion picture study of successive images appearing on a fluoroscopic screen.Acellular Dermis: Remaining tissue from normal DERMIS tissue after the cells are removed.Stomach Volvulus: Twisting of the STOMACH that may result in gastric ISCHEMIA and GASTRIC OUTLET OBSTRUCTION. It is often associated with DIAPHRAGMATIC HERNIA.Artificial Organs: Devices intended to replace non-functioning organs. They may be temporary or permanent. Since they are intended always to function as the natural organs they are replacing, they should be differentiated from PROSTHESES AND IMPLANTS and specific types of prostheses which, though also replacements for body parts, are frequently cosmetic (EYE, ARTIFICIAL) as well as functional (ARTIFICIAL LIMBS).Gastric Fistula: Abnormal passage communicating with the STOMACH.Postoperative Period: The period following a surgical operation.Umbilicus: The pit in the center of the ABDOMINAL WALL marking the point where the UMBILICAL CORD entered in the FETUS.Dilatation: The act of dilating.Length of Stay: The period of confinement of a patient to a hospital or other health facility.Laparoscopes: ENDOSCOPES for examining the abdominal and pelvic organs in the peritoneal cavity.Digestive System Surgical Procedures: Surgery performed on the digestive system or its parts.Surgical Stapling: A technique of closing incisions and wounds, or of joining and connecting tissues, in which staples are used as sutures.Antacids: Substances that counteract or neutralize acidity of the GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT.Hoarseness: An unnaturally deep or rough quality of voice.Heartburn: Substernal pain or burning sensation, usually associated with regurgitation of gastric juice into the esophagus.Barrett Esophagus: A condition with damage to the lining of the lower ESOPHAGUS resulting from chronic acid reflux (ESOPHAGITIS, REFLUX). Through the process of metaplasia, the squamous cells are replaced by a columnar epithelium with cells resembling those of the INTESTINE or the salmon-pink mucosa of the STOMACH. Barrett's columnar epithelium is a marker for severe reflux and precursor to ADENOCARCINOMA of the esophagus.Gastric Emptying: The evacuation of food from the stomach into the duodenum.Peristalsis: A movement, caused by sequential muscle contraction, that pushes the contents of the intestines or other tubular organs in one direction.Retrospective Studies: Studies used to test etiologic hypotheses in which inferences about an exposure to putative causal factors are derived from data relating to characteristics of persons under study or to events or experiences in their past. The essential feature is that some of the persons under study have the disease or outcome of interest and their characteristics are compared with those of unaffected persons.Recurrence: The return of a sign, symptom, or disease after a remission.

Gastro-oesophageal reflux related cough and its response to laparoscopic fundoplication. (1/248)

BACKGROUND: This study was designed to determine prospectively the rate of cough before and after laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication performed for the control of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. METHODS: One hundred and ninety five consecutive patients (76 men) of mean (SD) age 46.9 (14.1) years with proven gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, who were either on long term omeprazole (n = 187) or who had not responded to a trial of omeprazole (n = 8), took part in the study which was carried out in a university teaching hospital that included a regional respiratory referral centre. Patients underwent oesophageal manometry, 24 hour oesophageal pH testing, and symptom score evaluation by an independent observer before and six months after laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication. RESULTS: One hundred and thirty three patients presented with reflux symptoms and 62 with respiratory symptoms; 68% of patients complained of cough before surgery (86% with respiratory symptoms, 60% with gastrointestinal symptoms). The percentage reflux time in 24 hours fell significantly (p < 0.0001) from a mean (SD) of 9.38 (10.99)% to 1.22 (2.92)%, lower oesophageal sphincter tone rose significantly (p < 0.0001) from a mean (SD) of 7.71 (5.90) mm Hg to 21.74 (10.84) mm Hg, and the cough score fell from a median value of 8.0 (IQR 12.0) to 0 (IQR 3) following surgery. Of the patients with cough, 51% were cough free after surgery and 31% improved. The patients with respiratory symptoms had a higher cough score before (median 12.0 (IQR 5.5) versus 4.0 (IQR 8.75), p < 0.0001) and after surgery (median 1 (7.5) versus 0.0 (IQR 1.0), p = 0.0045) than those with gastrointestinal symptoms. CONCLUSIONS: Patients who present to gastroenterologists with severe reflux commonly complain of cough. Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is effective in the control of cough in patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, with or without primary respiratory disease.  (+info)

Anatomic fundoplication failure after laparoscopic antireflux surgery. (2/248)

OBJECTIVE: Anatomic fundoplication failure occurs after antireflux surgery and may be more common in the learning curve of laparoscopic antireflux surgery (LARS). The authors' aims were to assess the incidence, presentation, precipitating factors, and management of anatomic fundoplication failures after LARS. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: The advent of LARS has increased the frequency with which antireflux surgery is performed for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Postoperative symptoms frequently occur and may result from physiologic abnormalities or anatomic failure of the fundoplication (e.g., displacement or disruption). Few data exist on the potential causes or best treatment of anatomic fundoplication failures. METHOD: LARS was performed in 290 patients by one of the authors over a 6-year period. In the first 53 patients (group 1), the short gastric vessels were divided on a selective basis and the diaphragmatic crura were closed only when large hiatal hernias were present. In the subsequent 237 patients (group 2), the crura were always approximated posterior to the short gastric vessels and full fundic mobilization was performed. Clinical postoperative evaluation was performed on a regular basis, with detailed tests of anatomy and physiology when untoward symptoms developed. Postoperative foregut symptoms were reported by 26% of the patients, of whom 73% were found to have an intact fundoplication. In 7% of the entire group, anatomic failure of the fundoplication was demonstrated, with the majority exhibiting intrathoracic migration of the wrap with or without disruption of the fundoplication. New-onset postoperative epigastric or substernal chest pain frequently heralded fundoplication failure. Factors correlated with the development of anatomic fundoplication failure included presence in group 1, early postoperative vomiting, other diaphragm "stressors," and large hiatal hernias. Repeat operation has been performed in 8 of the 20 patients (40%), with 5 patients successfully treated using laparoscopic techniques. CONCLUSIONS: Anatomic fundoplication failure occurred in 7% of patients undergoing LARS, with the majority occurring in patients who underwent surgery during the learning curve. Anatomic failure is associated with technical shortcomings, large hiatal hernias, and early postoperative vomiting. Full esophageal mobilization and meticulous closure of the diaphragmatic crura posterior to the esophagus should minimize anatomic functional failure after LARS.  (+info)

Evolution of the modified Rossetti fundoplication in children: surgical technique and results. (3/248)

OBJECTIVE: To compare the modified Rossetti fundoplication with the classic Nissen. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: The traditional surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux in children has been the classic Nissen fundoplication, defined by liver mobilization, crural repair, takedown of short gastric vessels, and floppy wrap. The authors have progressed in our technique of fundoplication and now perform a modified Rossetti fundoplication, defined by liver retraction without mobilization, no crural repair, short gastric vessels left intact, and 2-cm floppy wrap. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on 407 pediatric patients who had open fundoplications (Jan. 13, 1993, to Feb. 25, 1998). Two groups were analyzed: the Nissen group (171 patients) and the Rossetti group (236 patients). Groups were compared for incidence of recurrent reflux, dysphagia, hiatal hernia, need for esophageal dilation, revision of fundoplication, time to discharge, and operative time. RESULTS: Incidence of dysphagia (3.7% vs. 3.3%), postoperative hiatal hernia (1.9% vs. 1.4%), need for esophageal dilation (1.2% vs. 0.5%), and need for fundoplication revision (2.5% vs. 2.3%) were similar between the groups. The mean operative time was significantly decreased in the Rossetti group (65 +/- 25 minutes) versus the Nissen group (73 +/- 33 minutes). Recurrent reflux occurred significantly more often in the Nissen group (11.2%) than in the Rossetti group (5.1 %). CONCLUSION: The modified Rossetti fundoplication has a low complication rate and is the authors' preferred method for the surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux in children.  (+info)

Early laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for recurrent reflux esophagitis: a cost-effective alternative to omeprazole. (4/248)

BACKGROUND: Eighty percent of patients treated medically for gastroesophageal reflux disease relapse after treatment. Many of these patients require indefinite treatment with omeprazole to prevent recurrence. Nissen fundoplication has been shown to be effective, safe and cost effective in the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease. We suggest a treatment algorithm, which encourages early surgical intervention in cases of recurrent esophagitis after a previously successful two-month course of omeprazole. METHODS: We have offered laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication since 1993. Patients who received Nissen fundoplication since 1990 were asked to report return to baseline activity, medications, and lifestyle changes. Concurrent chart review of patients treated with omeprazole was conducted to analyze cost. RESULTS: Patients receiving laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication were discharged significantly sooner and spent significantly less time convalescing when compared to those who underwent open Nissen fundoplication. Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication became cost effective at 1.5 to 2 years when compared to omeprazole. CONCLUSION: Based on cost analysis, patient satisfaction, acceptable complication rate, and efficient use of time and resources, we recommend laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication as the appropriate treatment in patients who develop recurrent esophagitis after a two-month treatment with omeprazole.  (+info)

Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery in the community hospital setting: evaluation of 100 consecutive patients. (5/248)

BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery has been shown to be superior to medical management for treatment of complicated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This study encompasses 100 consecutive patients undergoing laparoscopic Nissen-Rossetti or Toupet fundoplications for GERD refractory to medical management. STUDY DESIGN: All 100 patients had failed maximum medical management (behavioral and dietary modifications, antacids, and H2 and acid PUMP blockers). All patients underwent esophagogastroduodenoscopy with biopsy prior to surgery. Ninety-eight patients had esophageal manometry to evaluate the lower esophageal sphincter pressures and determine the amplitude of contractions of the body of the esophagus. Twenty-four hour pH studies were used selectively when the preceding studies were equivocal. RESULTS: All 100 patients' surgeries were accomplished laparoscopically. The mortality rate was zero. The postoperative complication rate was 2%. The average hospital stay was 1.85 days. Follow-up was achieved in 98%. The mean follow-up was 17.6 months. All patients had significant improvement of their symptoms. No patients have long-term dysphagia. CONCLUSIONS: The study demonstrates that laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery can be safely and effectively accomplished in the community hospital setting.  (+info)

Laparoscopic fundoplication failures: patterns of failure and response to fundoplication revision. (6/248)

OBJECTIVE: To determine rates and mechanisms of failure in 857 consecutive patients undergoing laparoscopic fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease or paraesophageal hernia (1991-1998), and compare this population with 100 consecutive patients undergoing fundoplication revision (laparoscopic and open) at the authors' institution during the same period. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Gastroesophageal fundoplication performed through a laparotomy or thoracotomy has a failure rate of 9% to 30% and requires revision in most of the patients who have recurrent or new foregut symptoms. The frequency and patterns of failure of laparoscopic fundoplication have not been well studied. METHODS: All patients undergoing fundoplication revision were included in this study. Symptom severity was scored before and after surgery by patients on a 4-point scale. Evaluation of patients included esophagogastroscopy, barium swallow, esophageal motility, 24-hour ambulatory pH, and gastric emptying studies. Statistical analysis was performed with multiple chi-square analyses, Fisher exact test, and analysis of variance. RESULTS: Laparoscopic fundoplication was performed in 758 patients for gastroesophageal reflux disease and in 99 for paraesophageal hernia. Median follow-up was 2.5 years. Thirty-one patients (3.5%) have undergone revision for fundoplication failure. The mechanism of failure was transdiaphragmatic herniation of the fundoplication in 26 patients (84%). In 40 patients referred from other institutions, after laparoscopic fundoplication, only 10 (25%) had transdiaphragmatic migration (p < 0.01); a slipped or misplaced fundoplication occurred in 13 patients (32%), and a twisted fundoplication in 12 patients (30%). The failure mechanisms of open fundoplication (29 patients) followed patterns previously described. Fundoplication revision procedures were initiated laparoscopically in 65 patients, with six conversions (8%). The morbidity rate was 4% in laparoscopic procedures and 9% in open ones. There was one death, from aspiration and adult respiratory distress syndrome after open fundoplication. A year or more after revision operation, heartburn, chest pain, and dysphagia were rare or absent in 88%, 78%, and 91%, respectively, after laparoscopic revision, and were rare or absent in 91%, 83%, and 70%, respectively, after open revision, but 11 patients ultimately required additional operations for continued or recurrent symptoms, 3 after open revision (17%), and 8 after laparoscopic fundoplication (11%). CONCLUSIONS: Laparoscopic fundoplication failure is infrequent in experienced hands; the rate may be further reduced by extensive esophageal mobilization, secure diaphragmatic closure, esophageal lengthening (applied selectively), and avoidance of events leading to increased intraabdominal pressure. When revision is required, laparoscopic access may be used successfully by the laparoscopically experienced esophageal surgeon.  (+info)

Esophageal manometry and 24-hour pH monitoring to evaluate laparoscopic Lind fundoplication in gastroesophageal reflux disease. (7/248)

Laparoscopic and thoracoscopic techniques have provided a new dimension in the correction of functional disorders of the esophagus. Therapeutic success, however, depends on the confirmation of esophageal disease as a cause of the symptoms, on understanding the basic cause of dysfunction and on identifying the surgical patient. This study is a retrospective study of patients submitted to surgery using the Lind procedure for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The purpose of this study is to establish the value of the routine use of esophageal manometry and 24-hour pH monitoring in order to select patients and perform pre and postoperative functional evaluation. Forty-one patients (68.3%) had a hypotonic lower esophageal sphincter. The average pressure was 9.2 mm Hg preoperatively and 15.2 mm Hg postoperatively, with an increase of 6.0 mm Hg. This increase was 8.8 mm Hg in hypotonics and 4.3 mm Hg in the normotonics. There was a certain degree of hypomotility of the esophageal body in 14 patients (23.3%) and, of this group, 4 (28.5%) improved postoperatively. Pathological acid reflux was found in 51 cases (85.0%) by pH monitoring. The mean of the preoperative DeMeester score was 31.4, later dropping to 3.2. Esophageal manometry and 24-hour pH monitoring are effective methods for revealing the level of functional modification established by anti-reflux surgery and for helping to objectively perform the selection.  (+info)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease in asthma: effects of medical and surgical antireflux therapy on asthma control. (8/248)

OBJECTIVE: To critique the English-language reports describing the effects of medical and surgical antireflux therapy on respiratory symptoms and function in patients with asthma. METHODS: The Medline computerized database (1959-1999) was searched, and all publications relating to both asthma and gastroesophageal reflux disease were retrieved. RESULTS: Seven of nine trials of histamine-receptor antagonists showed a treatment-related improvement in asthma symptoms, with half of the patients benefiting. Only one study identified a beneficial effect on objective measures of pulmonary function. Three of six trials of proton pump inhibitors documented improvement in asthma symptoms with treatment; benefit was seen in 25% of patients. Half of the studies reported improvement in pulmonary function, but the effect occurred in fewer than 15% of patients. In the one study that used optimal antisecretory therapy, asthma symptoms were improved in 67% of patients and pulmonary function was improved in 20%. Combined data from 5 pediatric and 14 adult studies of anti-reflux surgery indicated that almost 90% of children and 70% of adults had improvement in respiratory symptoms, with approximately one third experiencing improvements in objective measures of pulmonary function. CONCLUSIONS: Fundoplication has been consistently shown to ameliorate reflux-induced asthma; results are superior to the published results of antisecretory therapy. Optimal medical therapy may offer similar results, but large studies providing support for this assertion are lacking.  (+info)

  • In "gas bloat syndrome", fundoplication can alter the mechanical ability of the stomach to eliminate swallowed air by belching, leading to an accumulation of gas in the stomach or small intestine. (
  • In one case, disruption of the fundoplication occurred during insufflation of the stomach. (
  • Nissen (complete) fundoplication is generally considered to be safe and effective, with a mortality rate of less than 1% and many of the most common post-operative complications minimized or eliminated by the partial fundoplication procedures now more commonly used. (
  • Kiljander T, Rantanen T, Kellokumpu I, Kööbi T, Lammi L, Nieminen M, Poussa T, Ranta A, Saarelainen S, Salminen P. Comparison of the effects of esomeprazole and fundoplication on airway responsiveness in patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. (
  • Has the LINX Reflux Management System made the fundoplication obsolete? (
  • Surgical Association of Mobile offers the LINX Reflux Management System, an implanted medical device that loops around the LES and offers pressure similar to the fundoplication but without many of the risks. (
  • Patients who are experiencing new or worsened acid reflux after a gastric sleeve for weight loss will not be able to have a fundoplication and the LINX system may be more appropriate. (
  • Contact our office to schedule consultation with one of our surgeons to learn more about whether a fundoplication, LINX, or lifestyle and medical treatment may be best to address your chronic acid reflux. (
  • Fundoplication may be done through an incision in the skin on the upper abdomen (open fundoplication), or it may be performed using a small camera and instruments placed through several smaller incisions (laparoscopic fundoplication). (
  • Fundoplication may be done using a large incision (laparotomy in the abdomen or thoracotomy in the chest) or a laparoscope, which requires only several small punctures in the abdomen. (
  • Fundoplication is major abdominal operation and comes with inherent risks including the possibility of infection, pain and blood loss, which can in extremely rare cases be life threatening. (
  • Esophageal motility in reflux disease before and after fundoplication: a prospective randomized, clinical and manometric study. (
  • Each type of fundoplication has slightly different steps. (
  • Some studies have suggested that fundoplication can correct the motility disturbance and that tailoring the type of fundoplication will improve the clinical outcome. (
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  • 2-3 sutures tighten the hiatus to prevent the fundoplication from migrating into the chest. (