Transoral Fundoplication for Refractory Gastroesophageal Reflux

A new endoscopic technique’s efficacy has recently been reported (Gastroenterol 2015; 148: 324-33).  Since this technique is not likely to be broadly applicable to the pediatric population for some time, I will not delve into all of the details.

In essence, a carefully selected group (n=129 from a screened group of 696) of adult patients with persistent regurgitation underwent transoral fundoplication; this eliminated troublesome regurgitation in 67% compared to 45% who were randomized to sham/PPI.  Severe complications were rare.

Here is a picture of the technique:

Transoral Fundoplication

Transoral Fundoplication

Link: Description and a video animation of the procedure

Bottomline: This endoscopic procedure along with the Stretta procedure and the LINX device (using magnets) offer alternatives to surgical fundoplication in carefully-selected patients with refractory gastroesophageal reflux symptoms.

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