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April 1985

Complications After Use of the Angelchik Antireflux Prosthesis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery (Drs Burke and Chwals) and the Section of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (Dr Ellis), Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington, Mass, and the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, New England Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston (Dr Ellis). Drs Burke and Chwals are now with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, Mass.

Arch Surg. 1985;120(4):498-500. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390280084018

• We report two cases of severe complications after insertion of an Angelchik antireflux prosthesis. In one case, the prosthesis migrated into the pelvis. In the other, severe dysphagia resulted from its insertion. In both instances, surgical removal was required. The high incidence of complications following the use of this prosthesis would suggest that other safer antireflux operations should be the preferred form of therapy.

(Arch Surg 1985;120:498-500)