Fanous MY, Lorenson D, Williams S, Jaehne AK
SAGE Open Med Case Rep. 2017 Dec 21;5:2050313X17748863. doi: 10.1177/2050313X17748863. eCollection 2017.
Jehovah’s Witness patients pose a unique surgical challenge due to their refusal of transfusion of whole blood or major blood products. One of the surgical strategies is to offer the least invasive approach with the least likelihood of losing blood. In the context of surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, endoluminal approaches such as transoral incisionless fundoplication represent an appropriate approach for Jehovah’s Witness patients. This patient is a devout Jehovah’s Witness who was troubled with gastroesophageal reflux disease for many years which was refractory to proton pump inhibitor therapy. Her standard preoperative workup showed that she was a candidate for transoral incisionless fundoplication. Surgery was performed by a transoral incisionless fundoplication certified surgeon and this patient was his second case. Patient had no immediate or long-term complications. She was successfully weaned off proton pump inhibitors. Transoral incisionless fundoplication is an appropriate option for Jehovah’s Witness patients with refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease. This case report shows that the procedure is safe and durable, even in the early stage of the physician’s learning curve.