Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is a satisfactory alternative to long-term omeprazole therapy
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A total of 168 patients with proven gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) receiving long-term medical therapy underwent laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication. The operation was converted to open fundoplication in four patients. All patients reported complete (92.3 per cent) or partial (7.7 per cent) relief of reflux symptoms 1 month after surgery. There were no associated deaths and the perioperative complication rate was 8.9 per cent. The mean(s.e.m.) length of operating time was 69.9(2.4) min and mean(s.e.m.) hospital stay 2.7(0.1) days. Symptom score assessment, 24-h oesophageal pH recording and lower oesophageal sphincter pressure showed significant (P < 0.0001) improvement 6 months after surgery in 85 evaluable patients. Before operation 37.5 per cent of the patients were considered symptomatically controlled on omeprazole and had excellent symptom control after surgery. This initial experience suggests that laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is a safe and effective treatment for patients with GORD requiring long-term medication.
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