Anti-reflux surgery

Laparoscopic fundoplication

Keyhole surgery to give relief from severe acid reflux symptoms


Acid reflux is a condition where acid from your stomach travels up into your oesophagus. It can cause 'heartburn' or acid in the back of the mouth. This can happen if the valve between your stomach and your oesophagus doesn't work properly. Surgery can help to relieve your symptoms.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    This procedure is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic so you will be asleep during the operation. Your surgeon will make several small cuts on your abdomen. They will insert a thin telescope inside your abdomen, along with surgical instruments to carry out the operation. They will stitch your diaphragm to reduce the size of the hole your oesophagus passes through. They will then wrap and stitch the top part of your stomach around your lower oesophagus. They may wrap your stomach part-way round or all the way around your oesophagus. The operation usually takes one to two hours.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you. If you're having general anaesthetic, your consultant will tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking for beforehand. Surgery is usually only recommended if medication isn't improving your symptoms or if you'd prefer not to take medication long-term.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You'll be cared for in hospital for one night following your operation. You'll need to take some time off work but your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine.

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Our facilities

From complex gastric surgery to gastroenterology procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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