Gisi C, Wang K, Khan F, Reicher S, Hou L, Fuller C, Sattler J, Eysselein V.
Surg Endosc. 2020 Jul 20. doi: 10.1007/s00464-020-07796-x. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32691205.


Background and aims
Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) is an effective endoscopic treatment for refractory GERD with small or absent hiatal hernia (< 2 cm in length and width). The single-session laparoscopic hernia repair followed by transoral incisionless fundoplication (HH + TIF) aims to repair mechanical defects in the lower esophageal sphincter that leads to GERD in patients with hiatal hernias ≥ 2 cm. The procedure effectively treats GERD without causing added post-surgical dysphagia and gas bloating commonly associated with partial laparoscopic fundoplication. We aimed to assess patient satisfaction, symptom resolution, safety, and proton pump inhibitor use following the HH + TIF procedure.

Thirty-three patients underwent single-session laparoscopic hernia repair with intraoperative TIF using the Eso-phyX Z device (EndoGastric Solutions, Inc.) between June 2015 and June 2018. The presence of GERD and normal esophageal motility were confirmed with pH testing and manometry prior to the procedure. Data were collected on pre- and post-procedure symptoms, patient satisfaction, PPI use, and complications. Median post-procedure follow-up with symptom surveys was 9 months (11–29 months).

Patients reported significant decreases in common GERD symptoms including heartburn, regurgitation, cough, and hoarse voice. Eighty-one percent (27/33) of patients were off daily PPIs. Ninety-four percent (31/33) of patients reported 75% or greater satisfaction with the procedure and outcomes. One patient had a superficial mucosal laceration after the procedure, likely due to vomiting, which was treated conservatively.

The majority of patients reported 75% or greater satisfaction with the procedure and had an improvement in GERD symptoms as well as decreased PPI use. There were no serious adverse events.

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