EndoStim therapy at the Sachsenhausen Clinic, Germany, Frankfurt

EndoStim Therapy

If you have been taking PPI for a long time and still have reflux, you should consider taking EndoStim.

In this way, the function of your esophagus can be restored.

Since the first treatment in Germany in 2013, many patients have benefited from the benefits of treatment:

  • Improvement of reflux symptoms, especially heartburn and reflux of gastric contents,
  • less acid builds up in the esophagus,
  • no or very little medication needed anymore,
  • normal swallowing,
  • normal, symptom-free sleep,
  • overall a well-balanced and healthy life.

EndoStim is a minimally invasive treatment for reflux patients who suffer from severe symptoms. EndoStim therapy restores the function of the lower esophageal sphincter, the so-called lower esophageal sphincter (LES), by means of weak electrical stimulation. A healthy LES usually prevents reflux symptoms without affecting the functions of the esophagus (such as swallowing and regurgitation). Most patients treated with EndoStim have significantly fewer reflux symptoms, such as heartburn or acid regurgitation, and no longer need to take daily medications.

The EndoStim system consists of a stimulator (similar to a pacemaker) and two electrodes and their connection to the stimulator. The electrodes are placed on the lower oesophageal sphincter using a simple laparoscopic (minimally invasive "keyhole") procedure. The stimulator is implanted in the abdominal area. The stimulator automatically delivers pulses to the electrodes throughout the day, but the patient normally does not feel them.

EndoStim gently stimulates the esophagus sphincter, allowing it to function normally again: it stays closed to prevent reflux and opens to allow swallowing.

Minimally invasive treatment

  • Procedure takes about 1 hour
  • 2 electrodes are placed on the lower oesophageal sphincter
  • Connects to the EndoStim Stimulator, a type of pacemaker placed in the abdominal area
  • Quick recovery after the procedure

The EndoStim Stimulator is wirelessly programmed by the physician after implantation. The treatment can be tailored to your lifestyle and wishes with your doctor, whenever you need it, even several weeks after surgery.

The stimulation is done automatically, normally without you feeling anything.

Complications associated with Endostim treatment are rare. However, there are risks associated with the "keyhole procedure" (laparoscopy) and with general anesthesia in general. These include damage to the intestine or other abdominal organs as well as injury to the esophagus. For a complete overview of the risks and possible complications, contact your doctor.

The most common side effects are irritation, pain and / or swelling at the implant site of the stimulator and / or the connection to the electrodes. Most of these sound completely off in less than a month. For a complete overview of possible side effects, contact your doctor.

Prof., Dr. Stein

Prof., Dr. Stein

Head physician

Holger Bahn

Holger Bahn

Senior physician

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