Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux (GERD) Surgery Patient Information from SAGES

Expected Outcomes

What Complications Can Occur?

Although the operation is considered safe, complications may occur as they may occur with any operation.
Complications may include but are not limited to:

  • adverse reaction to general anesthesia
  • bleeding
  • injury to the esophagus, spleen, liver, stomach or internal organs
  • infection of the wound, abdomen, or blood.
  • other less common complications may also occur.

Your surgeon will discuss these with you. They will also help you decide if the risks of laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery are less than non-operative management.

When to Call Your Doctor

Be sure to call your physician or surgeon if you develop any of the following:

  • Persistent fever over 101 degrees F (39 C)
  • Bleeding
  • Increasing abdominal swelling
  • Pain that is not relieved by your medications
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Chills
  • Persistent cough or shortness of breath
  • Purulent drainage (pus) from any incision
  • Redness surrounding any of your incisions that is worsening or getting bigger
  • You are unable to eat or drink liquids

This brochure is intended to provide a general overview of GERD and laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery. It is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional medical care or a discussion between you and your surgeon about the need for a laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery. Specific recommendations may vary among health care professionals. If you have a question about your need for a laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, your alternatives, billing or insurance coverage, or your surgeon’s training and experience, do not hesitate to ask your surgeon or his/her office staff about it.

If you have questions about the operation or subsequent follow up, discuss them with your surgeon before or after the operation.

Color images: Atlas of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Jones DB, et al. Copyright 2006 Cine-Med.

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Revised:
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This brochure is intended to provide a general overview of a surgery. It is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional medical care or a discussion between you and your surgeon about the need for a surgery. Specific recommendations may vary among health care professionals. If you have a question about your need for a surgery, your alternatives, billing or insurance coverage, or your surgeons training and experience, do not hesitate to ask your surgeon or his/her office staff about it. If you have questions about the operation or subsequent follow up, discuss them with your surgeon before or after the operation.