What is fundoplication?
Fundoplication is a common, minimally invasive surgery, that leads to that leads to long-term improvements in our pediatric GERD patients. Golisano’s pediatric gastroenterologists recommend it when medications or lifestyle changes aren’t helping kids manage their GERD symptoms. During the procedure, your child’s surgeon sews the top of their stomach (the fundus) around their esophagus. That makes a small tunnel of stomach muscle around the esophagus and reinforces the valve between the two parts. That added strength keeps acid from escaping up and allows the esophagus to heal any damage caused by GERD.
Is fundoplication safe?
This is an understandable question among parents since fundoplication usually isn’t recommended until other treatment options prove ineffective. Fundoplications are safe and highly effective. They prevent GERD symptoms but come with the same risks associated with any surgery. That’s why our doctors try treating your child’s symptoms with medication or lifestyle changes first; they’re less invasive. Surgeries are scary, but rest assured, our compassionate doctors will be with you and your child on their road to recovery.
Want to learn more about GERD and non-invasive treatments?
Check out Lee Health's Pediatric Gastroenterology Department