Reflux disease without mucosal damage: Is there a place for surgery?

Glyn Jamieson, Colm O'Boyle, David Watson

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Patients in whom regurgitation is a major problem usually require antireflux surgery even though they may have no evidence of esophageal mucosal damage. The most common symptom of reflux is heartburn, and there is good evidence that the severity of this symptom does not correlate with the degree of mucosal damage in the esophagus. With the advent of laparoscopic surgery and the great reduction in the morbidity of antireflux surgery, many patients now are looking for cure of their reflux rather than just symptom relief. Patients in this category do well with laparoscopic antireflux surgery regardless of whether thee have endoscopic evidence of mucosal damage or not; indeed, if the data in the literature are a guide, it seems that esophageal mucosal damage is not a necessary indication for antireflux surgery. An "acid-sensitive esophagus" is not yet an established indication for laparoscopic antireflux surgery, however.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-546
Number of pages8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2001
Externally publishedYes


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