Laparoscopic conversion from Nissen to partial fundoplication for refractory dysphagia

Stephen H. McKellar, Mark S. Allen, Stephen D. Cassivi, Francis C. Nichols, K. Robert Shen, Dennis A. Wigle, Claude Deschamps

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Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is effective for treating gastroesophageal reflux and is usually well tolerated. Some patients, however, experience postoperative dysphagia refractory to conservative measures. We report our experience and operative technique for laparoscopic conversion of previous laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication to partial fundoplication to relieve dysphagia. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 6 patients with refractory dysphagia after laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication who underwent laparoscopic conversion to partial fundoplication using a laparoscopic linear stapler. There were no perioperative deaths and no fundoplication-related complications. In short-term follow-up, all patients reported improvement of dysphagia symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)932-934
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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