Transthoracic repair of slipped nissen fundoplications: Technique and results

Ruchir Puri, Adam M. Cline, Daniel T. Dearmond, Scott B. Johnson

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Background: Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is a common operation performed for reflux disease, generally with good results. A small percentage of patients experience transthoracic migration of the wrap, causing recurrent symptoms and eventually requiring transthoracic repair. Methods: A retrospective chart review was performed for all patients who underwent a transthoracic repair of a slipped Nissen fundoplication at our institution from 2006 to 2010. Data included demographics, previous antireflux operations, symptoms at presentation, findings at operation, and overall outcome. Results: Sixteen patients with a mean age of 61 years (range, 51-76 years) were identified who fit inclusion criteria. The most common presenting symptom was pain. Intraoperative findings included hiatal breakdown in all patients, shortened esophagus in 10 (62%) patients, and foreign body/mesh in 4 (25%) patients. Nine (56%) patients underwent a Collis gastroplasty along with a Nissen fundoplication. Nissen fundoplication alone was performed in 6 (38%) patients and a Belsey fundoplication with a Collis gastroplasty was performed in 1 (6%) patient. Minor complications occurred in 4 (25%) patients and major complications were seen in 2 (13%) patients. The median length of stay was 9 days (range, 6-30 days). There were no postoperative deaths. Overall, 12 (75%) of the patients were judged to have a good outcome, 3 (19%) a fair outcome, and 1 (6%) a poor outcome over a median 9-month follow-up. Conclusions: Transthoracic repair in patients who have had transthoracic migration of a previous Nissen fundoplication has acceptable surgical outcome and affords symptomatic relief to the majority of patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-435
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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