Endoluminal Gastroplication is a new treamtent for GERD. It is minimally invasive with MUCH less risks and discomfort than Fundoplacation. From what I gather the doctor uses his endoscope with a devise attached to it and sews a suture on your LES effectivally tightening the LES. (I actually once pondered why they couldnt simply use a suture to tighten the LES. Weird right?)
Anyway here is the link. And since I live in Boston I will most deffinately be asking about this procedure.
Here is an exserp.
"Unlike Nissen fundoplication, ELGP is performed as an outpatient procedure with a flexible endoscope. It does not involve an incision, hospitalization, or the use of general anesthesia. Generally, ELGP is more cost effective, introduces fewer side effects, and produces better results than long-term drug therapy. Patients return home the same day and return to normal daily activities the following day."
Has anyone heard of this before? Has anyone actually done this before? Any information would be great. And also, i would like to know who has NOT heard of this and this is the first time finding out about Endoluminal Gastroplication.
Post Edited (Hamhoc) : 5/10/2007 6:57:26 AM (GMT-6)