John from Houston sent us this question: “I was suggested to get a Nissen Fundoplication after a Gastroenterologist saw I disqualified for TIF procedure. I am worried about Nissen fundoplication potential side effects. I used to be a highly active person. Epigastric pain every day. Does insurance cover expenses? Thank you.”
TIF and LINX procedures are not always covered by insurance because they are not effective and reliable treatment options for GERD. Nissen fundoplication, on the other hand, is always covered by insurance. A properly performed Nissen fundoplication has a very high success and safety rate. Indeed, a properly performed Nissen fundoplication is first line treatment for acid reflux disease. Nissen fundoplication side effects, when surgery is performed by expert hands, are rare. Side effects like difficulty swallowing and bloating after surgery are very rarely encountered at Houston Heartburn and Reflux Center.
Consequently, a properly performed Nissen fundoplication improves quality of life. Unlike TIF and LINX surgery, Nissen fundoplication effectively and reliably restores your anti-reflux barrier. As a result, you no longer need to avoid certain foods or take acid reflux medications like Proton Pump Inhibitors. Nissen fundoplication surgery stops all acid reflux related symptoms, and when properly performed, it will give you back your normal active life.