Background: Laparoscopic antireflux surgery (LARS) significantly improves symptoms of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and quality of life. Nevertheless, 14-62% of patients report using antisecretory medication after surgery, although only a tiny percentage has proven recurrence of GERD. We sought to determine symptoms of GERD, quality of life, and use of medication before and after LARS, and to compare our findings with those from previous studies.Methods: Five hundred fifty-three patients with GERD who underwent LARS were evaluated before and at 1 year after surgery. After surgery, multidisciplinary follow-up care was provided for all patients by surgeons, psychologists, dieticians, and speech therapists.Results: Symptoms of GERD and quality of life improved significantly and only 4.2% of patients still required medication after surgery [proton pump inhibitors (PPI) (98.4 vs. 2.2%; p < 0.01), prokinetics (9.6 vs. 1.1%; p < 0.01), and psychiatric medication (8 vs. 1.6%; p < 0.01)].Conclusion: LARS significantly reduced medication use at 1-year follow-up. However, these effects might be attributed, in part, to the multidisciplinary follow-up care. Further studies are therefore required to investigate which patients may benefit from multidisciplinary follow-up care and whether its selective application may reduce the need for medication after LARS.
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