New techniques in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux


The dott. Bruno Benini, specialist in General and Thoracic Surgery, at the S.Camillo de Lellis Hospital in Rome, shows us the benefits of a minimally invasive method: laparoscopic surgery

Gastroesophageal reflux, a disabling pathology that affects one in three people in Italy, can be treated effectively with medical or surgical treatment. The first is based on the intake of drugs that prevent the production of acid at the gastric level, removing the harmful substances for the esophageal mucosa from the material that goes back into the esophagus. The second, instead, aims to reconstruct the natural anti-reflux barrier at the cardiac level, and is performed in centers and by surgeons who have a high experience of laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Benini, is pharmacological therapy harmful?

In recent years it has been shown that the prolonged intake of proton pump inhibitor drugs (PPI) can be burdened by side effects such as severe heart disease, dementia, intestinal infections and an increased incidence of stomach cancer. This is the reason why we recommend a limited use over time. With the advent of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery it is possible to definitively and permanently solve the problem of gastroesophageal reflux, with minimal trauma.

What are the advantages of laparoscopic surgery?

Reduced postoperative pain due to the limited extension of muscle wounds; rapid recovery of one’s daily activities; rapid recovery of intestinal function; reduced incidence of respiratory, circulatory and cardiac complications. The results are really excellent even after some time (20 years from the operation!) As evidenced by the recent scientific literature.

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by Roberta Imbimbo