Heartburn Surgery Specialist

Surgical Clinic of Louisiana

General Surgery & Bariatric Surgery located in Marrero, LA

While many cases of heartburn can be managed with prescription medications, in severe cases, heartburn surgery might be necessary. With the help of David C. Treen, Jr., MD, FACS, FASMBS, and his caring team at Surgical Clinic of Louisiana, you can get relief from chronic heartburn. To see if heartburn surgery is right for you, click or call to schedule an evaluation at the team’s clinic in Marrero, Louisiana, which is located near Woodmere, Estelle, Harvey, and Westwego.

Heartburn Surgery Q & A

Surgical Clinic of Louisiana

When should I consider heartburn surgery?

Heartburn, often caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a condition that causes burning stomach acid to enter your esophagus. Not only is heartburn uncomfortable, it can lead to serious health issues. It might be time to consider having heartburn surgery if you have:

  • Stomach or peptic ulcers
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • No relief from medications

Some heartburn sufferers start looking into surgery as a permanent fix if they’ve been on daily medications for years.

Which heartburn surgery is best?

Your heartburn surgery will be customized to correct your underlying condition, so there isn’t a single solution. Heartburn surgery can include:

  • Tightening or reinforcing your lower esophageal sphincter
  • Creating a barrier between your stomach and esophagus
  • Treating nerves that are responsible for responding to acid reflux

In some cases, Dr. Treen might suggest having a linx surgery. This procedure involves placing a small ring of magnetic titanium beads around your lower esophageal sphincter. The magnets move as needed to keep the opening between your stomach and esophagus closed while still allowing food to pass through normally.

No matter the procedure, the team at Surgical Clinic of Louisiana will use the latest tools and techniques available so that your hospital stay and recovery time are as minimal as possible.

How long is the recovery time after heartburn surgery?

Your recovery after heartburn surgery will depend on which procedure you need. Many heartburn surgeries, including the stretta procedure and the linx procedure, are performed as outpatient procedures and usually require just a few days of downtime.

The fundoplication procedure, which is the most common surgery to treat this condition, often requires several days in the hospital. Once you’re out of the hospital, you’ll generally be able to go back to work in a week or two.

If you need traditional open surgery, it could take longer for you to return to your normal activities. Your team at Surgical Clinic of Louisiana will let you know how to prepare for your heartburn surgery and how long it should take to recover.

To see if heartburn surgery is right for you, click or call to schedule a consultation at Surgical Clinic of Louisiana today.