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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a very common condition. It has significant morbidity and represents one of the most common diagnoses in the outpatient clinic. In the Mexican population, it is estimated that 25% of adults suffer from GERD-related symptoms. The therapeutic goals in this disease are the elimination of symptoms, the reversal of some of the complications attached and the prevention of symptomatic recurrence or complications.

 

Treatment options include medical and surgical therapy, while endoscopic therapy is under evaluation. These options can be used alone or, in some cases, in combination. None of these modalities is perfect and the decision about the treatment to be chosen must take into account selection criteria for invasive procedures, the availability of these and patient preferences.

 

Fundoplication, the surgical treatment for GERD, is a procedure that today is considered the gold standard in antireflux surgery since it has proven effectiveness at 10 years.