Table 2: All postoperative complications following laparoscopic Watson fundoplication ( = 76; percentages in parentheses).

Early
(<30 days)
( = 76)
Medium-term
(1–12 months)
( = 68)
Long-term
(>12 months)
( = 22)

Dysphagi9 (11.8)5 (7.3)0
Gas bloat6 (7.9)1 (1.5)0
Delayed emptying2 (2.6)00
Transfusion1 (1.3)00
Apnoea1 (1.3)1 (1.5)0
Acid reflux02 (2.9)0
Wound infection2 (2.6)01 (4.5)
Hiatus hernia002 (9)

Total21 (27.6)9 (13.2)2 (9)

Most were mild dysphagia. Only 1 patient had a demonstrable abnormality on barium study which resolved following dilatation. This patient suffered apnoeas preoperatively. The frequency of apnoeic episodes reduced postoperatively.