Incisionless Surgery for Acid Reflux Disease
Anti-reflux surgery is the most effective treatment option for acid reflux disease. Making lifestyle changes like improving your dietary choices and taking medications to reduce the amount of acid that is reaching your esophagus will help reduce the frequency and severity of acid reflux disease, but often only temporarily.
Surgical treatment corrects the cause of acid reflux, preventing future occurrences of heartburn and reflux by helping to prevent the back flow of stomach acid into the esophagus.
What is Incisionless Surgery?
Incisionless surgery is a specialized form of surgical treatment that uses customized tools to address physiological concerns in the body without making any external incisions. Incisionless acid reflux surgery is an oral procedure that is completed endoscopically.
An endoscope is a long, flexible tube that is equipped with a camera, light and a collection of surgical tools. During an oral incisionless procedure, the endoscope is directed into the mouth and through the throat until it reaches the area of the esophagus requiring treatment. The camera on the endoscope sends an image of the procedure to a screen in the operating room.
Using the video image of the procedure, your surgeon can guide the equipment and evaluate the health of your esophagus without creating a single external incision.
Incisionless surgery provides several benefits over minimally-invasive operations:
- No scarring
- Faster recovery period
- Outpatient procedure requiring no hospital stay
- Reduced post-operative pain
- Reduced risk of surgical complications
Transoral or procedures performed through the mouth are usually faster than surgical procedures requiring incisions. An incisionless procedure for GERD is usually completed in about 30 minutes. During this time, you can expect to be given a general anesthesia which will help you remain asleep throughout the procedure. Thanks to the incisionless nature of the surgery, the recovery period generally lasts only several days.