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Fundoplication in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about fundoplication?

Fundoplication is surgery to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The top part of your child's stomach is wrapped around the lower part of the esophagus. This prevents stomach acid from moving up into your child's esophagus.

Abdominal Organs

How do I prepare my child for surgery?

Your child may need an endoscopy with biopsy (small tissue samples are taken) or a pH study before surgery. Ask your child's surgeon more about these tests. Do not give your child anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery. Your child's surgeon will tell you which medicines to give or not give your child the morning of surgery.

What will happen during my child's surgery?

What should I expect after my child's surgery?

Your child may have a nasogastric (NG) tube in his or her nose. The NG tube goes through your child's nose and into his or her stomach. It will be attached to suction. This will prevent fluid from backing up into the stomach. It also allows your child's surgery area to start healing. Your child may have a catheter in his or her bladder. Healthcare providers will help your child walk down the halls to prevent blood clots. Your child can go home when he or she is eating and drinking and pain is controlled.

What are the risks of my child's surgery?

Your child may bleed more than expected or get an infection. If your child's wrap slips or moves, his or her GERD may come back. This may cause bloating or trouble swallowing. Your child may have a reaction to the anesthesia. Your child's esophagus, stomach, or other organs may be damaged during surgery.

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You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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