When is surgery indicated in the treatment of pediatric gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

Updated: Mar 14, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Surgery is required in only a very small minority of patients with gastroesophageal reflux. Indeed, as pharmacotherapy has improved, the need for surgical therapy (fundoplication) has markedly decreased. Nevertheless, antireflux surgery remains one of the most common surgical procedures performed during infancy and early childhood.


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