Over 61 million Americans experience heartburn each month.
Most people can find relief for this very uncomfortable, burning sensation by taking over-the-counter medications, such as antacids. Others struggle daily with a severe type of heartburn called GERD, usually caused by a simple hiatal hernia.
When drug therapy has failed, a surgical procedure may be the best course of treatment for GERD.
At UPMC, we use a minimally invasive surgical technique called laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication (LNF). This is the most common procedure for treating GERD.
During the LNF procedure, surgeons:
After the procedure, the medical team closes the tiny incisions using a couple of stitches or special surgical tape. Within a few weeks, the incisions are barely visible.
The surgeons at UPMC also perform the LINX® procedure for selected people with GERD. The LINX System is a number of miniature magnetic beads linked together, which works to prevent gastric reflux by supplementing the body’s natural anti-reflux barrier, the lower esophageal sphincter.
Your surgeon can discuss which approach is best for you.