Recent research conducted using the MUSE system by Medigus has shown promise for long-term reduction or elimination of GERD symptoms in patients with moderate to severe GERD. The MUSE system is a combination of incisionless procedures that uses visualization, ultrasound and surgical stapling within the traditional endoscopic procedure (1).
Less invasive surgeries have shown to provide faster healing with less complications but long-term outcomes were not as frequently studied. In this three year follow-up with patients who had the MUSE procedure over traditional fundoplication, the long-term success was also seen. The majority of MUSE patients (74%) did not need any treatment with PPI medications during the three years post surgery. Of those who did require further PPI treatment, most were able to reduce the dose of their medication.
This is great news for GERD sufferers who are looking for a minimally invasive procedure with long-term positive outcomes
Jennifer Rackley is a nutritionist and mother of three girls. Two of her children have dealt with acid reflux disease, food allergies, migraines, and asthma. She has a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Harding University and has done graduate work in public health and nutrition through Eastern Kentucky University. In addition to writing for HealthCentral, she does patient consults and serves on the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association.