Reoperation for Reflux or Hernia Denver
Although every patient hopes for a problem-free and durable result from GERD surgery, this does not always come to fruition. Reoperation for acid reflux or hiatal hernia is not always the best solution in these instances, but sometimes reoperation can be very helpful.
We see many patients who have had prior surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease, hiatal hernia, swallowing problems, etc., and find that they have ongoing troublesome symptoms.
Sometimes the cause of these symptoms is fairly straightforward to diagnose and treat, but it can be a complex issue. We approach each of our patients individually, listening to what the issues are, and doing a thorough evaluation prior to making recommendations.
Sometimes reoperation is necessary. It is beyond the scope of a web page to describe what these operations may entail – as it may range from an endoscopic treatment to laparoscopic surgery to open surgery.
We are referred patients from all over the country for reoperation. We see about 50 patients per year with problems after previous reflux or hiatal hernia surgery that are troublesome enough to come see a surgeon. Roughly half of these patients can be managed without surgery, or have another diagnosis. The other half require something operatively. Unlike many other centers, we perform diagnostic testing, make recommendations, reoperate if needed, and do our best to follow our patients long-term to determine the relative success of these interventions. Additionally, because of our expertise in laparoscopic surgery for GERD, we frequently can offer patients a laparoscopic approach if surgery is determined to be the best option.