GERD Surgery Specialist

Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C.

BOARD CERTIFIED GENERAL SURGEON LOCATED IN FAIRBANKS, AK

Heartburn affects almost everyone at some point in life. But if you have moderate-to-severe heartburn that doesn’t improve with medical interventions, then you may benefit from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) surgery. At his practice, Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. in Fairbanks, Alaska, board-certified general surgeon Timothy Teslow, MD, and the team can talk to you about GERD surgery. To find out the procedure can help you, call the office today.

GERD Surgery Q & A

What is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

GERD is a chronic gastrointestinal condition that causes refluxing of the acidic contents of the stomach up into the esophagus. The regurgitation occurs because the lower esophageal sphincter, the group of muscles that separate the esophagus from the stomach, is weak and unable to completely close or stay closed. 

People with GERD have regular bouts of heartburn and indigestion. Over time, GERD damages the esophagus and causes complications such as esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus), esophageal stricture (narrowing of the esophagus), or Barrett’s esophagus (a condition that may increase your risk of esophageal cancer).

Treatment for GERD may include lifestyle changes and medications. If these interventions fail to alleviate your symptoms, then GERD surgery may be recommended. 

Am I a candidate for GERD surgery?

The team at Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. performs a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you’re a candidate for GERD surgery. 

You may want to schedule a consultation with the surgical team if you want to stop taking your GERD medications or you have GERD but lifestyle changes and medications fail to alleviate your symptoms.

GERD surgery provides long-term relief from gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms. 

What happens during GERD surgery?

The team at Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. develops a plan for your GERD surgery and reviews the details with you beforehand. 

For most patients, the team performs a fundoplication to relieve your GERD symptoms. During the procedure, your surgeon wraps the top of your stomach around the lower portion of your esophagus, which increases pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter to reduce acid reflux.

The team uses minimally invasive techniques to perform your GERD surgery to reduce scarring, postsurgical pain, and recovery time.

What can I expect after GERD surgery?

You can expect some pain and downtime following your GERD surgery. Your surgeon at Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. provides specific postsurgical instructions based on your health and recovery needs.

During your recovery, you may need to take it easy and make changes to your usual diet. However, most patients are back to their usual diet and activities, including driving and work, soon after surgery. 

GERD surgery may eliminate or significantly improve the symptoms of your gastroesophageal reflux disease. Call the office of Timothy W. Teslow, M.D., P.C. to schedule a surgical consultation.