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Silver Cross is a leader in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) surgery and the only hospital in Will County to offer the LINX repair surgery.

Heartburn (Acid Reflex)

Heartburn or acid indigestion is a painful, burning feeling that may radiate to the neck, throat, or angle of the jaw.  Many people live with heartburn and reflux for years before seeking medical help. They’ve often taken numerous medications including proton pump inhibitors (a class of medication with brand names like Prilosec and Nexium) for years.  Still others have hiatal hernias, which aggravate the condition even more.  Fortunately, the latest minimally invasive surgical options are available at Silver Cross Hospital to treat heartburn, reflux disease and Barrett’s esophagus.


Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD occurs when stomach acid flows back into your esophagus (tube from the mouth to the stomach) and irritates the lining. GERD can occur when your lower esophageal sphincter (valve between your esophagus and stomach) weakens and causes stomach contents to rise (reflux). The most common symptoms of GERD are frequent acid reflux and heartburn. Other symptoms may include:

  •     Asthma
  •     Chest pain
  •     Dry cough
  •     Food that feels stuck in chest
  •     Multiple cavities and erosion of teeth
  •     Nausea
  •     Pneumonia
  •     Regurgitation
  •     Vomiting
  •     Wheezing

GERD is sometimes caused by a hiatal hernia which occurs occurs when the muscle tissue around the opening becomes weak and the upper part of your stomach bulges up through the diaphragm into your chest cavity. Other causes of GERD may include:

  • Certain medicines
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking or second-hand smoke

Most people can manage their GERD symptoms with lifestyle changes and/or medicines, while others may need surgery.

GERD Repair Options

If your GERD symptoms are severe and cannot be eased with medicine or lifestyle changes, your doctor may suggest surgery. Surgery for GERD is called fundoplication or Nissen fundoplication. During GERD fundoplication surgery, your doctor wraps the upper curve of your stomach (fundus) around the esophagus (tube that carries food and liquids from your mouth to your stomach). Your surgeon will then stitch it into place. This strengthens the valve between your esophagus and stomach, which stops acid from rising into the esophagus as easily.

Your doctor may use open surgery or minimally invasive surgery, which includes traditional laparoscopy, or robotically-assisted surgery.

Open Surgery

During open surgery, a large incision (cut) is made in your abdomen. This allows doctors to reach your organs as they operate.

Your doctor may use open surgery or minimally invasive surgery, which includes traditional laparoscopy or robotically-assisted surgery.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

During minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopy, your surgeon operates through a few small incisions using long, thin instruments and a tiny camera that guides doctors as they operate.  Another minimally invasive surgery option is robotically-assisted da Vinci® Surgery.









da Vinci Surgery Option

The robotic da Vinci Surgical System is a minimally invasive option that requires significantly smaller incisions.  The potential benefits for controlling acid reflux disease include:

  •     Fast recovery time
  •     Fewer complications
  •     Less scarring
  •     Low risk of the GERD returning
  •     Minimal blood loss
  •     Reduced pain; especially when performed using the da Vinci® XI
  •     Shorter hospital stay

If your doctor suggests surgery for GERD and its symptoms, ask about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery.

Using a da Vinci® robot, the surgeon makes a few small incisions in the abdomen using long, thin instruments and a tiny camera. The camera sends images to a video monitor in the operating room to guide your surgeon during the operation.  The robot is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high definition 3D vision and a magnified view. Your doctor controls the robot, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.  The robot cannot act on its own. Surgery is performed entirely by the surgeon.

In many cases, surgery can lead to long-term control of acid reflux. If a hiatal hernia is causing GERD symptoms, your surgeon may also repair the hernia during this operation. Talk to your doctor to decide if robotic surgery is right for you. As with any surgery, there are risks

LINX Repair Surgery

LINX is a revolutionary solution for reflux and heartburn.  The LINX device is similar to a beaded bracelet; it’s a flexible ring of magnetic beads placed laparoscopically around the base of the esophagus to help keep the stomach valve closed and prevent reflux from occurring.  The LINX implant was designed to be a lifelong solution to acid reflux.




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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.