Laparoscopic surgical treatment for recurrent gastroesophageal reflux disease

Rhys Kavanagh, Peter Nau


Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is common, and the outcomes of primary laparoscopic antireflux surgery are excellent. A minority of individuals will present with recurrent symptoms, typically of GERD or dysphagia, and seek revisional surgery. Herein is a discussion of the most common presentations and etiologies of failed antireflux surgery. In addition, the preoperative assessment and diagnostic tests utilized in the workup of this population are reviewed. Finally, the operative approach and outcomes related to performing revision laparoscopic antireflux surgery are examined including the use of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in this patient population.