There are risks that go with any type of medical procedure and surgery is no longer an exception. Success of surgery depends upon 3 factors: type of disease/surgery, experience of surgeon and overall health of patients. What's important is whether the expected benefits outweigh the possible risks.
Complications in major surgical procedures include:
Complications related to Anaesthesia:Reactions to drugs used (anesthesia) or other medicines. Although rare, these can be serious because they can cause dangerously low blood pressures.
Complications related to underlying medical illness like heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, malnutrition.
Complications related to Specific Operations: Injury to the near by organs, bleeding and infection. You are encouraged with discuss in detail with our health care team before you give your consent for surgery.
Conversion to open surgery: In a small number of patients the laparoscopic method is not feasible because of the inability to visualize or handle the organs (appendix) effectively. Factors that may increase the possibility of converting to the open procedure may include perforated & densely adherent appendix to nearby organ, obesity, a history of prior abdominal surgery causing dense scar tissue, or bleeding problems during the operation. The decision to convert to an open procedure is strictly based on patient safety.
Side effect of Surgery
Studies have shown that the vast majority of patients who undergo the procedure are either symptom-free or have significant improvement in their GERD symptoms.
Long-term side effects to this procedure are generally uncommon. Some patients develop temporary difficulty swallowing immediately after the operation. This usually resolves within one to three months after surgery. Occasionally, patients may require a procedure to stretch the esophagus (endoscopic dilation) or rarely re-operation. The ability to belch and or vomit may be limited following this procedure. Some patients report stomach bloating. Rarely, some patients report no improvement in their symptoms.
Life After Surgery
Our health care team shall advise you in detail regarding dietary habits, Briefly, your diet begins with liquids followed by gradual advance to solid foods.
Patients are encouraged to engage in light activity while at home. You will be able to get back to your normal activities within a short amount of time (week).
You may be advised to see our health care team after 1 week to assess your progress and to address your problems.