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The Dangers Of Acid Reflux Surgery

Apr 13, 2008
Surgery for heartburn can result in severe, lasting complications. Please read the information here before you choose surgery for acid reflux.

Proposed by doctors as a final solution for severe GERD, surgery for acid reflux is a process of medical action supposed to relieve acid reflux symptoms. It is suggested mostly for those GERD patients for whom medicaments or changes in lifestyle no longer have any impact on their disease. In most cases, acid reflux surgery is seldom done.

The target is the local causes of gastro esophageal reflux disease. GERD occurs when the LES or lower esophageal sphincter (the unidirectional valve at the lower end of the esophagus) fails to close, allowing content from the stomach to be transmitted back into the esophagus. When the esophagus lining is covered by the food and acid, heartburn happens as the burning sensation to be felt in the chest and/or the throat. Conventionalists strongly support a surgical approach, considering that acid reflux is a localized problem to be handled by treating the immediate causes.

The operation in general is often executed using a laparoscopic technique (small surgical incisions of minimal invasion); it can also be performed with conventional open surgery. Nissen fundoplication is the name of the surgery to cure acid reflux.

The operation is done with goal of preventing refluxed stomach content from coming into contact with the esophagus. To do this, the surgeon folds the gastric fundus (parts of the stomach) around the lower esophagus in order to add strength to the natural valve at the junction of the stomach and the esophagus.

An obvious problem of surgery for supposed to cure gastro esophageal reflux disease purely from local and immediate causes is that it ignores and does not handle the different principal internal factors and co-factors which are really responsible for the context leading to acid reflux. Sad to say, fundoplication has several possible complications, such as problems in glutition, abdominal cramps, nausea, gas bloat syndrome, and others.

Another alternative to acid reflux surgery was on the market for a year up to the end of 2005. Using endoscopy, Enteryx, a spongy substance, was injected into the lower wall of the esophagus. In 2005 however and after several injuries and a fatality, the Food and Drug Administration recalled Enteryx. The Enteryx marketer Boston Scientific Corp. was singled out by the FDA concerning standards of quality control for "ongoing systemic violations". Resolution of these problems was then a condition before any new products from the company could be approved.

By luck, an alternative to acid reflux surgery exists that is much safer than this case, which really goes to show how risky surgical procedures can be for treating gastro esophageal reflux disease.

Are you aware that a program that is all-natural and holistic can permanently cure your painful, distressful GERD symptoms? This program including herbal and homeopathic remedies, and modifications to diet and lifestyle with detoxification, can eliminate the internal problem of acid reflux forever with no potential problems from surgery or secondary effects from GERD drugs.
About the Author
Jeff Martin is a medical researcher, certified nutritionist, health consultant and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, Heartburn No More- Open The Door To an Acid Reflux Free Life. To Learn More About Jeff Martinīs Unique 5-Step Holistic Acid Reflux Cure System Visit: Acid Reflux Surgery
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