Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease with Robotic Surgery
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that occurs when the connection between the esophagus and stomach, or Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), becomes weak and allows stomach acid and bile to flow back up into the esophagus. This causes pain, tissue damage, and even cancer. Normally the LES closes immediately after swallowing; however, with GERD, it is weak allowing for this reflux. GERD is the most common gut complaint in the United States with 20-30 percent of the population affected by it. It is frequently referred to as acid reflux or heartburn.
Surgeon Stacie Perlman, MD of Concord Surgical Associates explains the use of robotic surgery to treat GERD in an article published by the Concord Monitor.