Randomised controlled trials of laparoscopic techniques for antireflux surgery [ 2006 - 2010 ]

Also known as: Randomised trials for antireflux surgery

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Researchers: Prof David Watson (Principal investigator) ,  Prof Glyn Jamieson Prof Christopher Martin Dr Garrett Smith

Brief description Gastro-oesophageal reflux is common, with approximately 10% of Australians now using medication to control symptoms. Many Australians will need this medication for life, unless they undergo surgery. The cost of treating reflux is growing. Since 1992 the annual growth rate of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme expenditure on reflux medication has been 13%, and the annual cost for the treatment of reflux now exceeds $1 billion. Not all patients with reflux are satisfied with medication, as some continue to experience symptoms. Surgery is the only treatment which will cure reflux. It has a clear role in the treatment of patients with ongoing symptoms, those who don t want to take tablets, and patients with a large hiatus hernia in whom symptoms occur due to the relocation of the stomach from the abdomen into the chest. Approximately 5,000 Australians per year undergo surgery for reflux. The standard operation achieves a good outcome in approximately 90%, although some patients are troubled by side effects. To reduce the risk of this, the original procedure has been modified. However, the evidence supporting modifications has until recently been limited. The best way to compare different operations is in randomised trials. The majority of the largest and best trials addressing this area have been undertaken in Adelaide. We have already entered 504 patients into 5 randomised trials, 4 conducted entirely in Adelaide, and one across multiple sites with the cooperation of 15 Australasian surgeons. These trials have provided a more reliable evidence base for surgeons undertaking surgery for reflux. However, long term follow-up is required to ensure that conclusions drawn are valid at late follow-up. In addition we are establishing 2 new randomised trials, which will determine how best to perform surgery for reflux, and how best to repair a large hiatus hernia. These studies will be undertaken in collaboration with more than 25 other surgeons throughout Australia.

Funding Amount $AUD 1,031,381.73

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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