Nissen Fundoplication and Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgeries

UnityPoint Health – Grinnell surgeons are leaders in providing high-quality care and handling complex conditions. Along with our care team, they support you before, during and after your surgery.

You can have surgery close to home, with minimally invasive options that let you heal faster and with less discomfort. Our doctors have developed new approaches to advanced procedures like Nissen fundoplication.

Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgery at Grinnell

Having expertise and support close by can help you feel more comfortable when you're considering esophageal surgery. At Grinnell, you'll find:

  • Respected surgeons: You have access to high-quality surgery here in Grinnell. Our surgeons are board-certified and specially trained in treating esophageal conditions.
  • Personalized care: Our care team is part of the community, so we're close by and available for support, including after your surgery. We help you feel prepared and comfortable every step of the way.
  • Minimally invasive technology: We provide minimally invasive surgery options, including advanced robotic surgery. These technologies help reduce discomfort and recovery time.

Esophageal Surgeries We Offer

The esophagus is a tube connecting the throat to the stomach so that you can swallow food and liquid. People need esophageal surgery for many different esophageal conditions, including hiatal hernia and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

These conditions can occur due to problems with the esophageal muscles. Sometimes the diaphragm, the muscles that separate the abdomen and chest, don't work correctly.

Small growths called polyps and other blockages also interfere with the esophagus and may require surgery. We provide many surgical options, including:

Nissen fundoplication

Nissen fundoplication helps people who have severe reflux and hiatal hernias. Our surgeons are experts in this procedure. We aim to ease your symptoms with a procedure that helps you get back to your daily activities as quickly as possible.

Doctors usually perform the Nissen fundoplication as a laparoscopic (minimally invasive) procedure. Our surgeon uses a small incision and tiny instruments with a camera.

In the procedure, the surgeon wraps the upper part of the stomach (called the fundus) around the lower part of the esophagus. Nissen fundoplication helps reinforce the esophagus muscles, preventing acid from leaking from the stomach.

Esophagoscopy

Doctors use this procedure to view your esophagus and find polyps, tissue or other obstructions. The doctor uses an endoscope, a thin, flexible instrument with a light and a camera.

During the procedure, the doctor inserts the endoscope into the esophagus through the mouth or the nostrils. The endoscope sends magnified pictures of the esophagus to a computer. The doctor views the images of the esophagus on a large screen.

An esophagoscopy helps doctors find blockages and structural problems and look for cancer cells. During esophagoscopy, doctors can also:

  • Remove polyps and other blockages
  • Remove cells that are cancerous or precancerous
  • Expand (dilate) an esophagus that is too narrow
  • Inject medication to shrink enlarged veins

Esophagectomy

An esophagectomy removes some or all of the esophagus. Doctors perform an esophagectomy to remove cancerous or precancerous cells. People who have Barrett's esophagus or achalasia sometimes need this surgery.

After doctors remove the esophagus, they reconstruct it. The reconstruction uses part of the stomach, small intestine or large intestine.

Our doctors will select the best surgical method for your symptoms and health situation. They use minimally invasive and robotic surgery whenever possible.

What to Expect When You Have Esophageal Surgery at Grinnell

We're with you every step of the way, including while you are:

  • Preparing for esophageal surgery: Our team helps you prepare for surgery. Before surgery, you may need to stop taking certain medications, like aspirin or blood thinners. We'll let you know when you need to stop eating and drinking and how to get ready the morning of your procedure.
  • Dealing with changes after surgery: We make sure you know what to expect as you recover. Some people feel a tightening sensation around their esophagus or have trouble swallowing at first. You'll need to drink a lot of liquids and work up to eating solid food, especially bread and starches.
  • Recovering: We are available to you after surgery, and we welcome phone calls and questions. You'll meet with your doctor periodically for the first 3 months after surgery. After the first three months, you can reach out to us as needed.

UnityPoint Health – Grinnell surgeons are leaders in providing high-quality care and handling complex conditions. Along with our care team, they support you before, during and after your surgery.

You can have surgery close to home, with minimally invasive options that let you heal faster and with less discomfort. Our doctors have developed new approaches to advanced procedures like Nissen fundoplication.

Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgery at Grinnell

Having expertise and support close by can help you feel more comfortable when you're considering esophageal surgery. At Grinnell, you'll find:

  • Respected surgeons: You have access to high-quality surgery here in Grinnell. Our surgeons are board-certified and specially trained in treating esophageal conditions.
  • Personalized care: Our care team is part of the community, so we're close by and available for support, including after your surgery. We help you feel prepared and comfortable every step of the way.
  • Minimally invasive technology: We provide minimally invasive surgery options, including advanced robotic surgery. These technologies help reduce discomfort and recovery time.

Esophageal Surgeries We Offer

The esophagus is a tube connecting the throat to the stomach so that you can swallow food and liquid. People need esophageal surgery for many different esophageal conditions, including hiatal hernia and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

These conditions can occur due to problems with the esophageal muscles. Sometimes the diaphragm, the muscles that separate the abdomen and chest, don't work correctly.

Small growths called polyps and other blockages also interfere with the esophagus and may require surgery. We provide many surgical options, including:

Nissen fundoplication

Nissen fundoplication helps people who have severe reflux and hiatal hernias. Our surgeons are experts in this procedure. We aim to ease your symptoms with a procedure that helps you get back to your daily activities as quickly as possible.

Doctors usually perform the Nissen fundoplication as a laparoscopic (minimally invasive) procedure. Our surgeon uses a small incision and tiny instruments with a camera.

In the procedure, the surgeon wraps the upper part of the stomach (called the fundus) around the lower part of the esophagus. Nissen fundoplication helps reinforce the esophagus muscles, preventing acid from leaking from the stomach.

Esophagoscopy

Doctors use this procedure to view your esophagus and find polyps, tissue or other obstructions. The doctor uses an endoscope, a thin, flexible instrument with a light and a camera.

During the procedure, the doctor inserts the endoscope into the esophagus through the mouth or the nostrils. The endoscope sends magnified pictures of the esophagus to a computer. The doctor views the images of the esophagus on a large screen.

An esophagoscopy helps doctors find blockages and structural problems and look for cancer cells. During esophagoscopy, doctors can also:

  • Remove polyps and other blockages
  • Remove cells that are cancerous or precancerous
  • Expand (dilate) an esophagus that is too narrow
  • Inject medication to shrink enlarged veins

Esophagectomy

An esophagectomy removes some or all of the esophagus. Doctors perform an esophagectomy to remove cancerous or precancerous cells. People who have Barrett's esophagus or achalasia sometimes need this surgery.

After doctors remove the esophagus, they reconstruct it. The reconstruction uses part of the stomach, small intestine or large intestine.

Our doctors will select the best surgical method for your symptoms and health situation. They use minimally invasive and robotic surgery whenever possible.

What to Expect When You Have Esophageal Surgery at Grinnell

We're with you every step of the way, including while you are:

  • Preparing for esophageal surgery: Our team helps you prepare for surgery. Before surgery, you may need to stop taking certain medications, like aspirin or blood thinners. We'll let you know when you need to stop eating and drinking and how to get ready the morning of your procedure.
  • Dealing with changes after surgery: We make sure you know what to expect as you recover. Some people feel a tightening sensation around their esophagus or have trouble swallowing at first. You'll need to drink a lot of liquids and work up to eating solid food, especially bread and starches.
  • Recovering: We are available to you after surgery, and we welcome phone calls and questions. You'll meet with your doctor periodically for the first 3 months after surgery. After the first three months, you can reach out to us as needed.

Contact Our Esophageal Surgery Team

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Contact our surgical team for more information at (641) 236-4323.