17. What are the complications of laparoscopic fundoplication?

Multiple authors have studied the complication rate after laparoscopic antireflux surgery.  They range from 2-13% and the rate of conversion to an open operation ranges from 0.2 to 10% depending upon the surgeon's experience.  Mortality from a fundoplication procedure is very uncommon and is approximately the same as a repair of an inguinal hernia.