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Is acid reflux disease ever treated with surgery?

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There are two types of surgical treatment used to relieve symptoms of acid reflux disease if daily use of medication isn't effective.

The most recently approved procedure involves surgically placing a ring known as a LINX device around the outside of the lower end of the esophagus. The device helps reflux by preventing stomach content from backing up into the esophagus.

Another surgical procedure called fundoplication creates an artificial valve using the top of your stomach. The procedure involves wrapping the upper part of the stomach around the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to strengthen it.

Talk to your doctor to find out if one of these procedures is for you.

From: What Is Acid Reflux Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease."

Cleveland Clinic: "GERD or Acid Reflux or Heartburn." 

The American College of Gastroenterology: "Heartburn or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Gastroesophageal reflux disease and heartburn."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Heartburn: Hints on Dealing With the Discomfort."

FDA: "LINX Reflux Management System."

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on February 14, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease."

Cleveland Clinic: "GERD or Acid Reflux or Heartburn." 

The American College of Gastroenterology: "Heartburn or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Gastroesophageal reflux disease and heartburn."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Heartburn: Hints on Dealing With the Discomfort."

FDA: "LINX Reflux Management System."

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on February 14, 2019

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