Anti-reflux surgery is surgery to correct a problem with the muscles at the bottom of the oesophagus (the tube from your mouth to the stomach).
Problems with these muscles allow gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) to happen.
This surgery can also repair a hiatus hernia.
GORD is a condition that causes food or stomach acid to come back up from your stomach into your oesophagus. This is called reflux. It can cause heartburn and other uncomfortable symptoms. Reflux occurs if the muscles where the oesophagus meets the stomach do not close tightly enough.
A hiatal hernia occurs when the natural opening in your diaphragm is too large. Your diaphragm is the muscle and tissue layer between your chest and belly. Your stomach may bulge through this large hole into your chest. This bulging is called a hiatal hernia. It may make GORD symptoms worse.
A procedure called fundoplication is the most common type of anti-reflux surgery. During this procedure, your surgeon will:
Surgery is done while you are under general anesthesia (asleep and pain-free). Surgery usually takes 2 to 3 hours.