Heartburn Treatment in Appleton, WI
Patients whose symptoms remain refractory to diet and lifestyle modification and medical therapy can be considered candidates for surgical treatment. There are many options. The goal of treatment would be to match the specific surgical option for each individual patient to provide the greatest benefit with the least amount of risk or side effect.
Dr. Peter Janu is a general and laparo-endoscopic surgeon with a specialty in heartburn, reflux and foregut surgery. Practicing in the Fox Valley area for over 20 years, he has become the region’s expert in comprehensive surgical treatment for reflux. Call (920) 731-8131 to schedule an appointment in Appleton, WI today!
Transoral incisionless fundoplasty is a newer minimally invasive approach that is able to reconstruct the connection between the esophagus and stomach. By using specialized equipment with a standard endoscopy, the valve can be reconstructed through the mouth without any incisions. The procedure has significantly less side effects, less surgical risk, and shorter recovery time.
The LINX procedure is an even newer minimally invasive option for surgical treatment. Rather than changing or reconstructing the native anatomy, a magnetic bracelet is placed around the esophagus at the connection between the stomach that acts as a new valve
Surgical fundoplication, often referred to as a Nissen or Toupet fundoplication, involves wrapping a portion of the stomach around the end of the esophagus to recreate a new high pressure zone at the connection between the esophagus and stomach. The procedure was initially done through an open approach with larger incisions but has evolved to be done laparoscopically through a few small incisions. Since the mid 90’s this procedure has been considered the standard procedure for surgical treatment for heartburn and reflux.
Hiatal hernia develops in the muscle of the diaphragm. When this hernia enlarges, is disrupts the barrier preventing stomach content from going the wrong direction. The only treatment is surgical. If left untreated, the hernia continues to enlarge and symptoms worsen over time.