[Dysphagia after laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication].

The aim of the study was to consider all the factors associated with the development of postoperative dysphagia which, in its transitory form, can be present in as many as 40 to 70% of cases. From 1996 to 2007, 302 Nissen fundoplications were performed at our department of surgery. We divided this series into two groups, the first consisting of 149 cases (from March 1996 to March 2004) where short gastric vessels were not dissected (nl-VGB) and the second of 153 cases (from April 2004 to December 2007) where short gastric vessels were dissected (I-VGB).The incidence of postoperative dysphagia was distinctly lower in I-VGB than in nl-VGB (4.5% vs 19.5%). One month after operation, the incidence of postoperative dysphagia in I-VGB and nl-VGB was 12% and 1,5%, respectively, while 3 months after surgery the percentages were 2% and 0.5%. Exclusion of cases performed during the learning curve period yielded similar results. At postoperative examinations we noticed a substantial reduction in gastro-oesophageal reflux disease symptoms in both groups, with no significant difference between the two. L-VGB patients appeared clearly more satisfied after operation than nl-VGB patients (97% vs 88%), even if the results were similar after 3 months. Our experience confirms the good results obtained with Nissen fundoplication with a distinct, rapid reduction in postoperative dysphagia.
AuthorsDaniele Capizzi, Patrizio Patrizi, Sergio Boschi, Luciano Fogli, Rossana Berta, Francesco Domenico Capizzi
JournalChirurgia italiana (Chir Ital) 2008 Jul-Aug Vol. 60 Issue 4 Pg. 541-7 ISSN: 0009-4773 [Print] Italy
Vernacular TitleLa disfagia dopo fundoplicatio laparoscopica secondo Nissen.
PMID18837255 (Publication Type: English Abstract, Journal Article)
  • Deglutition Disorders (etiology)
  • Female
  • Fundoplication (adverse effects, methods)
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies

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