Blacksburg, VA LewisGale Hospital Montgomery is now offering its patients an innovative, minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgical technique to treat acid reflux.

The surgery involves placing an FDA-approved, quarter-sized flexible band of magnetic titanium beads around the lower esophagus just above the stomach. The titanium beads are connected by titanium wires which open to allow food and liquid to easily pass through when swallowing and then close to prevent stomach contents from moving up to cause acid reflux.

Using a robot, the procedure is completed laparoscopically with a camera and tools that are placed through five small incisions. Once the outpatient procedure is completed, patients are able to resume a normal diet that same night, according to Reese. In addition, the robotic method has proven to minimize the recovery time and the overall risks to the patient.

“While medications remain a popular choice for patients suffering with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), they don’t always remedy the condition and can have long-term side effects with routine, continual use. This new technique offers an innovative alternative to traditional surgery and has excellent results,” said Amanda Reese, DO, the general surgeon who performs the procedure. “This will enable our patients suffering from GERD to live more comfortably and heartburn free.”

This is just one of the leading-edge procedures being performed at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery.

“At our hospital, we offer a host of the most technologically advanced surgical treatment options to our community. We are fortunate to have highly skilled providers who go the extra mile to stay abreast of the latest state-of-the-art tools and treatments to benefit and successfully serve our patients throughout southwest Virginia,” explained Alan Fabian, chief executive officer of LewisGale Hospital Montgomery.