For some people, acid reflux can become a debilitating problem that ruins not only digestion but also sleep and general quality of life. For severe cases of acid reflux, fundoplication is the standard medical cure. During the fundoplication procedure, surgeons wrap the upper portion of the stomach around the esophagus and secure it in place.
While fundoplication may be performed through laparoscopic or open surgery, it is always a major procedure and can be prohibitively expensive in many countries. In addition, fundoplication can require anywhere from one to three nights in the hospital after the surgery, raising overall expenses considerably. Since fundoplication is offered at low cost in several cheaper countries, many patients choose to travel abroad for their surgery. This way, patients save on everything from surgery to recovery.