Laparoscopic fundoplication

The traditional surgical treatment for patients with severe reflux symptoms.
Consultations for this treatment are available at: KIMS Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre - you can request your preferred location when you contact us
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Fundoplication is the established surgical treatment for reflux disease, and involves wrapping part of the stomach around the bottom of the oesophagus and stitching it to itself. The operation aims to create a new high pressure zone to strengthen the lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS), preventing stomach contents from refluxing into the oesophagus.

Fundoplication is performed laparoscopically (keyhole) which normally takes about an hour to complete. The minimally invasive nature of the procedure means that most patients are able to go home on the day of their surgery.

Prices & payment

Laparoscopic fundoplication
From £7,188
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You can see specialist consultants and have a range of scans and tests at either one of the below facilities. If you need a procedure, this will be carried out at KIMS Hospital in Maidstone.

KIMS Hospital, Maidstone

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Sevenoaks Medical Centre

Find out more about Sevenoaks Medical Centre, our consulting and diagnostic facility for patients in West Kent.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different variations of fundoplication?

There are several variations of fundoplication during which different amounts of the stomach is wrapped either in front or behind the oesophagus. The most common procedure is called the Nissen and is a 360 degree fundoplication. Others are “partial” fundoplications of 180 or 270 degrees and include Dor, Watson, Hill and Toupet.

Does it work?

Patients can enjoy a better quality of life following fundoplication compared to patients taking medication. Surgery is particularly helpful in controlling heartburn and regurgitation symptoms.

However, patients can expect the procedure to lose effectiveness over time and published data shows that up to 10% of patients may require a second operation within 5 years.

After 5 years, a number of patients will be back on antacids and some will choose to have another operation to try and eliminate the symptoms.

What are the possible side effects/complications?

There are a number of side effects associated with fundoplication such as an inability to belch or vomit (in around 10-20% of patients).

The most common symptoms are significant bloating and associated wind symptoms (over 50% of patients). These side effects may resolve without treatment although they can persist permanently.

How long does recovery take following surgery?

Some patients can return home on the day of surgery and virtually everyone else is able to do so the following day.

Patients will follow a post operative diet of pureed and soft foods. It varies from patient to patient, but it can take many months to fully return to eating solid foods.

Most patients find they are able to resume the majority of their normal activities 2-3 weeks after surgery.

What is the cost of private laparoscopic fundoplication at KIMS Hospital?

A private laparoscopic fundoplication at KIMS Hospital starts from £7,188. You can use private medical insurance or pay for yourself. Flexible payment plans are available to spread the cost.

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