What procedures help treat GERD?

Medications, such as proton pump inhibitors and histamine blockers, treat GERD by lowering acid production in the stomach. However, they do not actually stop reflux. A surgical procedure, called fundoplication, can be done to correct the problem. To prevent reflux, the surgeon creates an artificial valve where the esophagus meets the stomach.
The TIF procedure, the LINX procedure and the Nissen fundoplication are all used to tighten the esophogal sphincter. In this video, Gopal Grandhinge, MD, of Brandon Regional Hospital explains how each procedure can help treat acid reflux.

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