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
- 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)
- Increasing abdominal swelling
- Pain that is not relieved by your medications
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- 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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- March 1, 2015