Millions of Americans are affected by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in many different ways. The magnitude of the problem of GERD was brought to light by the ambulatory pH test, the introduction of minimally invasive surgery, and the advent of the many medications that are effective in acid suppression. Patients with GERD suffer from various consequences associated with the disease. However, interventions beyond medical therapy, such as laparoscopic fundoplication, provide satisfactory outcomes and definitive relief of acid reflux.
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