Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common disorders with an increasing prevalence and incidence in the last two decades. This book, edited by two experienced surgeons and a clinical psychologist in cooperation with numerous worldwide leading experts, presents clinically relevant information for gastroenterologists, internists, surgeons, residents and also nurses who frequently care for GERD patients. Focusing on different treatment concepts ¿ medical, endoscopic as well as surgical ¿ the chapters include the basics of symptomatology and epidemiology, pathophysiology, GERD among different age groups, complications and its treatment, hiatal hernia or H. pylori and GERD, NERD and functional heartburn, diagnostic procedures and also presurgical examination. In addition, the patient's perspective of disease, diagnostics and treatment are included, the same as economic aspects of GERD, and the impact of disease on quality of life or patient-reported outcomes after treatment. TOC:Preface.- Clinical spectrum, natural history and epidemiology of GERD.- The pathophysiology of GERD.- Gastroesophageal reflux disease in the elderly.- Gastroesophageal reflux disease in infants and children.- Barrett¿s esophagus.- The intriguing relationship of Heliobacter pylori infection and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.- EGJ dysfunction and GERD.- Non-erosive reflux disease (NERD) and functional heartburn.- Medical therapy of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.- Diagnosis of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: role of endoscopy.- Diagnostic procedures in GERD: principles and values of esophageal manometry and pH-monitoring.- Endoscopic anti-reflux therapy.- Indication for antireflux surgery.- The history of surgery for hiatal hernia and gastresophageal reflux.- Comparison of laparoscopic and open antireflux procedures.- Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication.- Laparoscopic toupet fundoplication.- Complete versus partial fundoplication.- Adverse outcomes and failure following laparoscopic antireflux surgery.- Laparoscopic refundoplication: surgical intervention after failed antireflux operations.- Hiatal closure ¿ new trends in laparoscopic antireflux surgery.- Radiologic imaging of gastroesophageal reflux disease.- Long-term outcome and perspectives of laparoscopic fundoplication.- Telerobotic-assisted antireflux surgery: Nissen fundoplication.- Symptoms, health-related quality of life and patient satisfaction: using these patient-reported outcomes in people with gastroesophageal reflux disease.- The impact of disease and treatment on health-related quality of life in patients suffering from GERD.- The patients¿ perspective.- Gastroesophageal reflux disease: a psychological perspective of interaction and therapeutic implications.- Economic analyses of GERD..
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