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  • 2014-11-14

Endoscope-guided Nissen fundoplication

Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2014;14(11). URL:
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Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is a common and almost endemic problem in the Western world. Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery is an effective and durable treatment for GERD in patients who are well-selected. Selection depends on a careful assessment of symptoms and a thorough physiologic evaluation with endoscopy, pH-monitoring and esophageal manometry. In more advanced and difficult cases, additional tests may be indicated. Cases encountered in practice range from straight forward and "everyday" to extremely complex and difficult; both in the decision-making, the operation, and the patient management. The common thread between all cases of anti-reflux surgery, complex or simple, is a stepwise and organized approach that takes into consideration the individual patient's disease and physiology. We present a case in this video that is not complex but which provides a good illustration of the technical steps required to recreate an effective gastroesophageal valve. We emphasize an atraumatic and efficient approach to the operation that ensures optimal outcomes and will minimize intraoperative complications. We discuss the characteristics of a properly formed fundoplication and debate with other experts some of the minor technical details such as suture patterns and materials. We also show how intraoperative endoscopy can serve as a powerful tool for quality control and postulate that surgeons can improve their results if they adopt routine interoperative control by endoscopy. We hope that you will enjoy and benefit from this case…