Advancements in the Use of Endoscopy for GERD

Brant K. Oelschlager, MD, and Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, Department of Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle.


April 05, 2002

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Minimally invasive surgery of the foregut was prominently discussed at the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the 8th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery in New York. Although SAGES began as a group of gastrointestinal surgeons with an interest in intraluminal endoscopy, its focus in the 1990s followed the obvious advances in laparoscopic techniques. Recently, however, there has been renewed interest in the use of endoscopy by surgeons for the treatment of many gastrointestinal disorders. This trend is especially true for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), as both primary therapy and a method of improving outcomes of laparoscopic antireflux operations. In conjunction with the gastroenterology community, surgeons are using these endoscopic techniques to improve outcomes and reduce the invasive nature of therapy for many diseases.


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