Late Subjective Results and Symptomatic Outcome After Laparoscopic Fundoplication

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Laparoscopic fundoplication is generally accepted as a routine surgical approach in the treatment of moderate or severe gastro-esophageal reflux disease. However, there are few reports on the long-term results after this procedure. Between 1996 and 2001, 468 patients underwent laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication of which 464 patients were available for follow-up. The follow-up data were collected both from the hospital records and by a structured questionnaire, which were completed by 441 patients (95%). Eighty-nine percent (n=394) of the patients regarded the result of their surgery excellent, good, or satisfactory at a median follow-up of 51 months. With the benefit of hindsight 83% of the patients would again choose surgical treatment. Eighty-seven percent of the patients had no significant reflux symptoms. Bloating or increased flatulence were the most common side-effects. One hundred thirty-two patients (30%) had started to use antireflux medications postoperatively, but only 51 of them used it daily. Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication provides a good and effective alternative to a life-long use of antireflux medication.

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