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9 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 8 M any GERD suffer- ers have had it up to their esopha- gus with the burning backwash of stomach acid. They're ready to get off Prilosec and Prevacid and get on an OR table. Are you ready for them? Laparoscopic Nissen fun- doplication — which involves wrapping the upper stomach around the bottom of the esopha- gus to assist it in closing and prevent reflux — remains the standard surgical therapy, but several other minimally invasive treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease are also gaining traction. • Laparoscopic magnetic sphincter augmentation. Surgeons apply a necklace of magnetic beads made of lightweight and durable titani- um around the lower esophageal sphincter. The patient's swallowing action causes the beads to separate and lets food pass; the magnets then rejoin to prevent regurgitation. "Clinical trials, although limited, show the device is especially good at Get Up to Speed On GERD Daniel Cook | Executive Editor An update on minimally invasive treatments designed to turn down the burn of acid reflux. • HEARTBURN HELP Patients who are dissatisfied with the effectiveness of proton pump inhibitors to control reflux are desperate for symptom relief.

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