Esophagectomy for unsuccessful antireflux operations.

  title={Esophagectomy for unsuccessful antireflux operations.},
  author={Michael Gadenstaetter and Jeffrey A. Hagen and Tom R. Demeester and Manfred P. Ritter and Jeffrey H. Peters and Rodney J. Mason and Peter F. Crookes},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  volume={115 2},
  pages={296-300, 302; discussion 300-1}
BACKGROUND Primary antireflux surgery provides excellent symptom relief in most patients. Unfortunately, the results of redo surgery are less predictable. In these patients, esophageal injury from long-standing reflux of gastric contents and operative trauma from previous failed antireflux procedures results in progressive deterioration in esophageal propulsion, poor clearance of reflux episodes, mucosal damage, and, in some cases, stricture formation. For the past 16 years, we have selectively… CONTINUE READING