Background: We aimed to determine if a poor response to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can predict a poor outcome following laparoscopic antireflux surgery (LARS) in our surgically treated population.
Methods: A total of 324 patients undergoing LARS were included in this study. Following standardized assessment, patients recorded the efficacy of their medication on visual analogue scales. Pre- and postoperative symptom scores were recorded, with outcomes measured by modified Visick scores.
Results: There were 233 good responders (>50% relief) and 91 poor responders (<49% relief). Both groups demonstrated a significant decline in postoperative symptom scores. Ninety-four percent of good responders had an excellent or good outcome, compared to 87% of poor responders. Twenty-seven patients reported a fair or poor outcome, despite improved postoperative symptom scores. Fifteen of these patients reported continuing heartburn; five had positive pH tests.
Conclusion: Our results do not support the assumption that a poor response to PPIs equates to a poor outcome after LARS.