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Reintervention After Antireflux Surgery for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in England

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Sheraz R. Markar, Chanpreet Arhi, Tom Wiggins, Alberto Vidal-Diez, Alan Karthikesalingam, Ara Darzi, Jesper Lagergren, George B. Hanna

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-715
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Surgery
Volume271
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: After antireflux surgery, highly variable rates of recurrent gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) have been reported. OBJECTIVE: To identify the occurrence and risk factors of recurrent GERD requiring surgical reintervention or medication. METHODS: The Hospital Episode Statistics database was used to identify adults in England receiving primary antireflux surgery for GERD in 2000 to 2012 with follow-up through 2014, and the outcome was surgical reintervention. In a subset of participants, the Clinical Practice Research Datalink was additionally used to assess proton pump inhibitor therapy for at least 6 months (medical reintervention). Risk factors were assessed using multivariable Cox regression providing adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs). RESULTS: Among 22,377 patients who underwent primary antireflux surgery in the Hospital Episode Statistics dataset, 811 (3.6%) had surgical reintervention, with risk factors being age 41 to 60 years (HR = 1.22, 95% CI 1.03-1.44), female sex (HR = 1.5; 95% CI 1.3-1.74), white ethnicity (HR = 1.71, 95% CI 1.06-2.77), and low hospital annual volume of antireflux surgery (HR = 1.32, 95% CI 1.04-1.67). Among 2005 patients who underwent primary antireflux surgery in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink dataset, 189 (9.4%) had surgical reintervention and 1192 (59.5%) used proton pump inhibitor therapy, with risk factors for the combined outcome being age >60 years (HR = 2.38, 95% CI 1.81-3.13) and preoperative psychiatric morbidity (HR = 1.58, 95% CI 1.25-1.99). CONCLUSION: At least 3.6% of patients may require surgical reintervention and 59.5% medical therapy following antireflux surgery in England. The influence of patient characteristics and hospital volume highlights the need for patient selection and surgical experience in successful antireflux surgery.

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