Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) in Infants or Children
Surgery for Acid Reflux in Babies and Kids
Surgery isn't often needed to treat acid reflux in babies and kids. When it is necessary, the Nissen fundoplication is the most often performed surgery. During this procedure, the top part of the stomach is wrapped around the esophagus forming a cuff that contracts and closes off the esophagus whenever the stomach contracts -- preventing reflux.
The procedure is usually effective, but it is not without risk. Discuss the potential risks and benefits of this operation with your child's doctor.