UPMC’s Incisionless Heartburn Surgery Featured in Nov. 19 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
UPMC offers an incisionless surgical treatment for people with severe, chronic heartburn who do not respond to medication.
Medical literature states that 14 million Americans live with heartburn, also known as acid reflux disease, and complications can lead to esophageal cancer. For patients who do not respond to medication therapy, their only option is surgery. Traditional surgery includes a large open abdominal incision—an operation that takes several hours—and patients must remain in the hospital for a few days.
UPMC Heart, Lung and Esophageal Surgery Institute surgeons Blair Jobe, Manisha Shende and Matthew Schuchert perform incisionless heartburn surgery, a procedure that takes approximately one hour and may involve an overnight hospital stay. This leads to shorter recovery time and fewer complications for the patient.