One way to remove GERD complications in the later stages is surgery. This is often an option for patients who are already so far along that no amount of holistic treatment and medications can cure the condition.
Before diving in headlong, it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of surgery to ensure you won’t regret any decision if things go wrong.
1. Advantages of Surgery for GERD Patients
• Time – one of the advantages of surgery is time. In most cases, holistic treatment methods and continuous medications might take too long for the comfort for a GERD patient. If you want to get rid of the problem fast, then surgery could be the perfect option for you.
• Cost – This can be a very expensive procedure depending on your situation. Surgery may prove to be a cheaper method when compared to months of treatment.
• Technology – Surgical procedures today consist of small incisions without leaving scars. In some cases they can even be accomplished by placing a tube down your throat without having to make an incision.
2. Disadvantages of Surgery
Any surgical procedure involves risk. Even if the medical experts are highly skilled there might be certain scenarios where things can go wrong and cause serious problems later on. Some of these are:
• Infection – is a normal problem during and after surgery. Many factors can contribute to this post operative problem. Either the venue of the operation was not sterile or internal factors could lead to this problem.
• Functionality Of Your Body – some surgical techniques might hinder functionality of your body. For example, wrapping the upper part of your stomach around the esophagus may cure the problem of GERD; but might result in difficulty in swallowing or having a hard time burping.