Treatments Offered At
Nissen fundoplication has a long track record with exceptional results and can be performed on almost every severe GERD patients. It is the most commonly performed fundoplication worldwide. During the procedure, the surgeon wraps the top part of the stomach around the esophagus to prevent the backflow of acids. It increases the LES’ resting pressure, re-establishes the proper angle at which the esophagus enters the stomach, and tightens the esophagus’ passageway through the diaphragm’s hiatus.
A da Vinci® robotic assisted procedure consists of several tiny incisions through which instruments and a fiber-optic camera are operated. The camera enables the surgeon to view images inside the body on a video monitor.
This procedure successfully resolves reflux issues in more than 90 percent of patients with typical GERD symptoms (heartburn, regurgitation, dysphagia). Successful resolution of GERD airway symptoms occurs in about 70 percent of patients who have this issue.
Among patients undergoing Nissen Fundoplication, studies suggest the need for revision surgery has ranged from 2 percent to 17 percent.
How Surgeries are Performed with a Surgical Robot
Through robotic-assisted visualization, dexterity, precision and control, a surgeon can perform a wide array of procedures through small 1–2 cm incisions. During an operation, the surgeon sits at a console in the surgical suite and monitors the video screens to direct the robotic arms to perform the surgery. The da Vinci seamlessly and directly translates the surgeon’s natural hand, wrist and finger movements from controls at the console to the surgical instruments inside the patient.
Enabling Surgeons with
- Greater range of motion and precision than with hand-manipulated, minimally invasive procedures.
- A magnified, high definition three-dimensional view when operating.
- Instruments that become an extension of the doctor’s wrists, hands and fingers to move the tiny surgical instruments in a delicate, precise manner.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
- Less post-operative pain.
- Reduced trauma to the body.
- Less scarring.
- Shorter hospital stays.
- Reduced blood loss and need for transfusions.
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities.