Anti-Reflux Surgery

If chronic acid reflux is limiting what you can eat and drink, anti-reflux surgery may be right for you. In his Fort Worth Hospitals near Alliance, Keller, and Trophy Club, David Dyslin, MD, FACS, offers innovative surgical techniques to treat the conditions that cause your acid reflux, such as hernias. He may recommend surgery as a long-term option or to control acid reflux symptoms when other treatments have proven ineffective. Learn more about anti-reflux surgery by scheduling an appointment online or by phone.

Anti-Reflux Surgery Q & A

  • What is acid reflux?
  • Reflux is a condition during which stomach acid flows backwards into your esophagus, the tube that connects your throat with your stomach. You may have acid reflux if you experience a burning sensation in your chest or the taste of sour liquid or food at the back of your throat. Acid reflux symptoms can worsen into a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), a condition that causes persistent heartburn, coughing, and difficulty swallowing.
  • What causes acid reflux?
  • Each time you swallow, a band of muscle tissue around the bottom of your esophagus relaxes, letting food and liquid into your stomach. If weakened muscles cause abnormal relaxation, acid can flow back into your esophagus. You may be at increased risk for developing acid reflux if you:
    • Are overweight
    • Are pregnant
    • Have a hiatal hernia
    • Have underlying medical conditions
    Eating large meals, smoking cigarettes, and eating or drinking acidic foods can trigger reflux symptoms.
  • What are the complications of acid reflux?
  • If left untreated, chronic acid reflux can result in more serious medical issues, such as esophagitis, a condition that causes ulcers and internal erosion of your esophagus. Long-term acid reflux may also cause scar tissue that narrows your esophagus, interfering with your ability to eat and drink. You may also be at increased risk for developing esophageal cancer.
  • How is acid reflux diagnosed?
  • An acid reflux diagnosis may be possible through a review of your symptoms and a physical exam. Dr. David Dyslin may also perform an upper endoscopy procedure in which he inserts a thin tube with an attached camera into your throat and down your digestive tract to determine if acid reflux is present.
  • What treatment options are available for acid reflux?
  • To address your acid reflux symptoms, you may first need to make lifestyle changes, including eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are available to reduce stomach acid and prevent reflux. If these treatments aren’t effective in reducing your episodes of acid reflux, you may need surgery to achieve long-term results. Dr. Dyslin offers several surgical options for treating acid reflux, including hiatal hernia surgery to reposition your stomach when it pushes through your chest cavity. Nissen fundoplication is also an option for treating acid reflux. In this surgical procedure, Dr. Dyslin wraps the top of your stomach around the lower esophageal opening, tightening the muscle to prevent reflux.

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