GERD recurrence common after surgery

Symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) recur in almost one in five people undergoing laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, a large study shows.

Analysis of the records of all Swedish patients (2655) who had surgery for GERD between 2005 and 2015 showed 17.7% had reflux recurrence over a median follow-up of 5.6 years.

GERD recurrence was defined as the patient being on a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) or histamine2 receptor antagonist for at least six months, or having another laparoscopic procedure, the researchers wrote in