Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr Daniel Wholley, who performs the operation, says it's a good option for people who have a hiatal hernia or whose acid reflux isn't controlled by medication.
"It always gets a bad rap because it's surgery, so everybody thinks it's this major thing where we're cutting them from stem to stern. It's actually done laparascopically with a little incision and it's very well tolerated by people," he said.
Dr Wholley says after the procedure, patients spend one night in the hospital and then eat a soft diet for about a month. He says 70% to 80% of patients have no heartburn symptoms, after the procedure.
Long term use of acid reflux drugs called proton pump inhibitors is linked to a higher risk of thinning bones and hip fracture.