Fundoplication is a surgery on the stomach and esophagus. It is done to treat
gastroesophageal reflux disease
(GERD). GERD is also called acid reflux or heartburn. This occurs when acid from the stomach goes up the esophagus. A
may also be fixed during the procedure. This type of hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach pokes into the chest cavity. This hernia increases the chance and severity of GERD.
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If you are planning to have fundoplication, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Return of reflux symptoms
- Limited ability to burp or vomit
- Gas pains
- Damage to organs
- Anesthesia-related problems
In rare cases, the procedure may need to be repeated. This may happen if the wrap was too tight, the wrap slips, or if a new hernia forms.
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Pre-existing heart or lung condition
- Prior upper abdominal surgery