Is laparoscopic fundoplication effective for acid reflux disease?

Agree. It can be very effective if done after complete evaluation for appropriate indications by well trained surgeon.
Yes. It is very effective if done after a complete work up and hit the right reasons.

Related Questions

How can I effectively treat acid reflux disease gerd?

PPI. You cannot cure it but you can control it. Try a proton pump inhibitor such as Prilosec or prevacid (lansoprazole).

Is there a difference between heartburn and acid reflux disease?

No. Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. Gerd, or acid reflux can present with other symptoms such as voice changes, coughing or abdominal pain.
Really the same. Some doctors may call more regular episodes of heartburn acid reflux disease i.e. Daily as opposed to episodic heartburn that you get from eating too much pizza.

What is the difference between heartburn and acid reflux disease?

Symptom/disease. Heartburn is a symptom often caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd). Not everyone with gerd has heartburn and not everyone complaining of heartburn has gerd as the cause.
Really the same. Some doctors may call more regular episodes of heartburn acid reflux disease i.e. Daily as opposed to episodic heartburn that you get from eating too much pizza.

Can I have acid reflux disease even without suffering from absolutely no heartburn?

Yes. So called "silent heartburn" is very common. Its manifestations may be chronic, otherwise unexplained, cough, voice chances, recurrent sinus infections, esophagitis (inflammation of esophagus visible on upper endoscopy), dental problems (caries), chronic excessive throat phlegm production, regurgitations etc.
Yes. There are so-called atypical and extra intestinal manifestations of gerd such as chronic cough, globus or foreign body sensation in the throat, worsening of asthma, chest pains, etc.

How much time for an acid reflux disease medication *not* to work before a gastroenterologist considers surgery?

Failed maximum Rx? There are lots of "non-invasive" anti-reflux procedures -- some performed endoscopically and others by surgery. Most cause some permanent change at the level of the LES, and none are complication-free. Most are relatively new, so there is limited data to prove long-term benefit. First see a gastroenterologist to better document why & what you are refluxing (consider pH impedance testing, more).

Is nausea a good indicator of acid reflux disease?

Not necessarily. There are many possible causes for nausea. See you physician if you are concerned about your symptoms.

Could acid reflux disease causes throat cancer?

Not likely. Acid reflux is not like to cause 'throat' cancer - which I would define as oropharynx. However, persistent acid reflux is clearly associated with a condition called barret's esophagus and the potential for development of esogphagela cancer (though I would consider that 'throat.' if you ahve a history of acid refulx, talk wtih your pcp about the need to see a GI doc.