August 22, 2019
McKinney, TX — Searing heartburn and a sour-tasting acid burbling up in the throat are often symptoms of acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which affects more than one in ten people. Pain, medication and lifestyle changes associated with reflux are often uncomfortable and inconvenient.
Medical City McKinney now offers robot-assisted, anti-reflux surgery with magnetic sphincter augmentation to prevent reflux and repair hiatal hernias. The procedure helps reinforce the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) so that it prevents food and acid from rising and reinforces the hiatal hernia repair.
The procedure involves implanting a small, circular metal device around the esophagus, which then uses magnets to facilitate expansion and constriction. Once the device has been precisely placed with the aid of a surgical robot, patients no longer need reflux medications.
"Typically, patients interested in anti-reflux surgery are not interested in taking medication. They are miserable because they no longer have relief from their medication," said David Smith, MD, a general surgeon and surgical oncologist on staff at Medical City McKinney. "After surgery, patients can stop their reflux medication and enjoy food without limitations."
This outpatient surgery is performed using a surgical robot. In July, Medical City McKinney added its third surgical robot to meet the growing demand of patients and physicians for minimally invasive surgery with greater precision. Benefits of robotic surgery include:
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Less bleeding
- Less scarring
- Faster recovery
Additionally, surgical robots can provide experienced surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision, and ergonomic comfort compared to other surgical approaches. Surgical robots can be used for complex diseases and conditions across a broad spectrum of specialties including gynecology, general surgery, surgical oncology, urology, thoracic, colorectal surgery, and orthopedics. Medical City McKinney has been using robotic surgical technology since 2013.