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Gerd / Acid Reflux

GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) occurs when the stomach contents as acid, food or, in some cases, bile go into the esophagus. GERD can be attributed to many reasons e.g. hiatal hernia, obesity

Additional Facts

GERD can present with typical symptoms e.g. heartburn, difficulty swallowing, bloating, abdominal pain or atypical symptoms e.g. chronic cough, asthma, chest infection, frequent throat clearing, hoarseness of voice, shortness of breath

GERD is a common problem that is frequently mistaken for functional heartburn. Treating GERD symptoms using medications without identifying the cause of GERD might cause progression of the disease, even when the symptoms are masked by medications

One of the most serious GERD complications is Barrett esophagus which is a precancerous lesion that can occur in the esophagus from chronic acid reflux, also known as Goblet cell metaplasia

If you are placed on long term medications to control acid reflux without knowing the exact cause of your symptoms then this is concerning as many anti-reflux medications can cause serious side effects when used for long term, also you need to know exactly what you are treating with the medications (what is causing GERD)

We do thorough workup to diagnose the exact casue of GERD, workup generally includes upper endoscopy (EGD), PH monitoring (BRAVO capsule), Barium swallow and esophageal motility study. Diagnosing the root of the problem can help achieve a curative treatment of GERD rather than staying on medications forever.

When indicated, we repair the hiatal hernia using Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Approach. This surgery usually involves reducing the stomach from the chest to the abdomen and performing a stomach wrap around the esophagus. Different typesof wrap include Nissen fundoplication (360 degree wrap), Toupet fundoplication (posterior 270 degree wrap) and Dor fundoplication (anterior 180 degree wrap)

It is important to understand that heartburn and difficulty swallowing can also occur 2ry to many reasons, for example, achalasia. While GERD occurs because of a weak sphincter between the esophagus and stomach, achalasia is characterized by a strong sphincter that does not relax when the food is trying to pass from the esophagus to the stomach. The word "achalasia" means failure to relax. This condition can be treated by medications, neurotoxin (e.g. Botox) injection, balloon dilation or surgery (Heller myotomy)

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