At GI Surgical Specialists, enjoy the care from two highly trained reflux specialists. Dr. Denk and Dr. Siegal are both fellowship trained surgeons passionate about gastroesophageal care. From medical therapy to advanced endoscopic and surgical care, GI Surgical Specialists is Southwest Florida’s #1 Reflux Center.
Minimally invasive or incisionless surgeries are effective treatments for patients suffering from chronic acid reflux that is not controlled with diet or medications.
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Sufferers of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) experience irritating and often painful symptoms of stomach contents flowing back (refluxing) into the esophagus. In nearly 90 percent of cases, reflux surgery can effectively reduce or eliminate the symptoms of chronic acid reflux, providing long-term relief.
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Acid reflux (or heartburn) can lead to a condition that can cause Barrett’s Esophagus and even lead to Esophageal Cancer? The incidence of this cancer is rising! In fact, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) recommends screening patients with an endoscopy if the have any symptoms of acid reflux and are older than 50 years, males, overweight, caucasian, current or former smoker or have a family history of Barrett’s Esophagus.
If you meet these criteria, you should be screened for acid reflux disease with an endoscopy and reflux test.
Reflux surgery at GI Surgical Specialists helps patients avoid the cost and inconvenience of lifelong drug therapy for acid reflux with the below highly effective treatment options.
GI Surgical Specialists is pleased to be the first practice in Southwest Florida to offer the LINX® Reflux Management System. LINX® is an FDA approved device that is implanted laparoscopically to treat GERD symptoms. This new option provides a minimally invasive surgical treatment with proven clinical benefits and without the side effects of traditional surgery. Learn more about LINX.
Laparoscopic/Robotic Fundoplication surgery is the most frequently performed laparoscopic surgery for treating the symptoms of chronic acid reflux or GERD. It has demonstrated its effectiveness is resolving heartburn and acid reflux for over 50 years.
Learn more about Nissen Fundoplication
Hiatal Hernia Repair
Many people who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease also suffer from the condition known as hiatal hernia. Fortunately, GERD surgery takes care of the initiating problem, repairing the hiatal hernia and other structural defects causing reflux disease in a single procedure.
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Gastric Diversion (Bypass)
Sometimes patients who suffer from bad acid reflux are also overweight. In this scenario, sometimes the extra weight on the abdominal cavity promotes ongoing reflux by putting pressure on the stomach and pushing acid up the esophagus. These patients can often times be even better improved with weight loss surgery that is tailored for acid reflux. Choosing this procedure allows for the correction of acid reflux but offers the additional benefit of weight loss and resolution of metabolic diseases.