What to Expect
You will be given instructions on how to prepare for your surgery. After you are given general anesthesia, up to five small incisions of about 2 centimeters each will be made above the belly button in the mid-abdominal region. These small incisions will be used to insert the tools and video camera that are necessary to do the procedure.
A specialized gas will be pumped into the abdominal region to create more space in which the surgeon can view the area and effectively maneuver to complete the procedure. The upper portion of your stomach, known as the fundus, will be wrapped around each side of the base of your esophagus and secured with sutures. In most cases, patients must stay in the hospital overnight for observation.
There are risks with any type of surgery, such as infection, perforation at the surgical site, or bleeding from the incisions. There is the potential that the fundus may be secured too tightly, making it difficult to burp or to swallow. There is also a risk that the fundus will slip down, making it necessary to perform a revision surgery.