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GERD or gastoesophageal reflux is a common affliction of many people regardless of weight status. “Heartburn” is the main symptom of this disease. GERD is often seen in association with a hiatal hernia. A hiatal hernia is a widening of the natural defect in the diaphragm through which the esophagus travels en-route to its union with the stomach. This widening allows stomach acid to travel up into the esophagus, causing a chemical burn of the esophageal lining. This leads to pain, ulceration, stricture, and, occasionally promotes the growth of cancer. Anti-reflux surgery is a well established treatment for this condition. Surgery is used when medical therapy fails to control symptoms, or when complications arise such as stricture formation. More than 90% of people who have this surgery get immediate relief of symptoms, and 75-80% continue to be symptom-free at 10 years. Surgeries performed for GERD are aimed at correcting abnormal anatomy such as a hiatal hernia. This procedure creates a natural-tissue mechanical barrier that prevents acid from washing up into the esophagus. These procedures are performed with minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques. Most patients can go home on the day of their surgery.