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Gastric Bypass And Laparoscopic Reflux Surgery Gaining Popularity

crease the upflow of stomach acid to the esophagus.

Researchers selected 98 chronic GERD patients who required long-term therapy. Researchers randomly divided the patient sample into two groups; one group initiated treatment with PPI and the other underwent LNF. Researchers evaluated patient symptoms every three months and conducted a 24 hour pH test on all patients at one year.

Study results showed that 24 hour pH levels and GERD symptoms improved in both the PPI and surgery groups. However, at one year follow-up, the overall symptom control score for patients on medication remained stable, while surgical patients experienced a significant improvement in their symptoms increasing from 73.3 to 90.2 on 100 point global rating scale. The global rating scale is an assessment of patient satisfaction with symptom control, on a scale of 0 (poor) to 100 (excellent).

‘Although there is no known cure for GERD, this study reveals that patients maintaining long-term PPI therapy may experience a greater improvement in their symptoms with surgical intervention’ said Mehran Anvari, M.D., of McMaster University in Ontario and lead study author. ‘This minimally invasive surgical procedure may allow some patients to manage GERD symptoms and forgo a long-term drug regimen.’

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