There are two types of surgical treatments used to relieve GERD symptoms if medicine doesn’t eliminate symptoms of acid reflux disease and if these symptoms significantly affect your life.
The most recent procedure involves surgically attaching a ring called a Linx device to the lower end of the esophagus, the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. The device helps reflux by preventing stomach contents from backing up into the esophagus. In one study, patients were able to stop taking medication or reduce the amount they took. Consult your doctor to know if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
Another surgical procedure is called a fundoplication. It can strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter, stop acid reflux, and repair a hiatal hernia. It creates an artificial valve using the top of your stomach. Surgeons perform this procedure either through an open incision in the abdomen or chest or with a lighted tube inserted through a small incision in the abdomen.
If medical treatment for acid reflux illness proves ineffective, these procedures can be utilized as a last resort.