Revision Nissen fundoplication can be completed laparoscopically with a low rate of complications: a single-institution experience with 72 children

Ahmet Celik, Tara J. Loux, Carroll M. Harmon, Jacqueline M. Saito, Keith E. Georgeson, Douglas C. Barnhart

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Abstract

Purpose: Recurrent gastroesophageal reflux is a common complication after fundoplication and is often treated with revision fundoplication. We report our experience with laparoscopic redo fundoplication. Methods: The medical records of all patients in whom laparoscopic revision fundoplication was attempted over a 7 1/2-year period were reviewed. Results: Redo laparoscopic fundoplication was attempted in 72 pediatric patients. Ten patients had undergone initial open fundoplication, and 9 additional patients had prior abdominal surgery. Fifty-one percent of patients were neurologically impaired. Laparoscopic fundoplication was completed in 89% of first-time redo operations and 68% of second revisions with average operative times of 2.2 ± 1.0 and 2.6 ± 0.9 hours, respectively. Herniation of the fundoplication through the hiatus was common (75%) and the fundoplication was intact in 49%. Conversions to laparotomy were because of difficulties with dissection or visualization. No patients required intraoperative transfusion. No patients required reoperation in the perioperative period. There were no perioperative deaths. Twenty-six percent of the 72 patients went on to a third operation for gastroesophageal reflux, and 4 of these had a fourth. Conclusion: Revision laparoscopic fundoplication is a technically challenging operation but can usually be completed and is characterized by a low rate of complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2081-2085
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Volume41
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

Keywords

  • Children
  • Fundoplication
  • Laparoscopy
  • Revision

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