ABSTRACT: As it is difficult to submit patients to instrumental follow-up after laparoscopic treatment of the gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it is not easy to have a complete patients analysis after fundoplication. Telephone questionnaire can be a valid instrument to investigate clinical outcome and patients satisfaction to surgery.
This study discusses the results acquired through a telephone questionnaire which has been administered to patients undergoing laparoscopic fundoplication to study postoperative clinical evolution of GERD and satisfaction to surgery through a numerical rating scale from 1 to 10.
Sixty three patients, who had a laparoscopic antireflux procedure at Department of General Surgery of the University of Udine (Italy), answered to telephone questionnaires. Fifty patients (74.9%) reported no symptoms. Patients satisfaction to surgery was 7.93 +/- 2.36. Fifty eight patients (92.1%) would have repeated the operation and 59 (93.6%) would have advised it to a friend suffering of GERD. A significant difference of patients satisfaction between preoperative typical and atypical symptoms has been found (8.43 +/- 2.04 vs. 6.95 +/- 2.71 p < 0.05).
Telephone questionnaire is comparable with face to face consultation, allowing to do a correct clinical follow-up, to exclude patients accusing pathological acid reflux after fundoplication; however preoperative symptoms are not so accurate as postoperative symptoms. Their presence giustifies a postoperative oesophageal pH metry.
Annali italiani di chirurgia 76(2):141-6. · 0.23 Impact Factor