Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD
Our Houston heartburn specialists offer a range of treatment options for patients suffering from the debilitating effects of chronic heartburn, acid reflux, and GERD. The doctors at TLC Surgery are dedicated to providing comprehensive care. In addition to effective weight loss solutions, we also specialize in personalized treatment plans to eliminate the pain of frequent heartburn.
Causes of Heartburn
Occasional heartburn can be caused by spicy or acidic foods. If you experience frequent or debilitating heartburn, it may be caused by lifestyle choices or underlying conditions. Possible causes of heartburn include:
- Smoking cigarettes
- Hiatal Hernia
- Acid Reflux
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Our doctors can help you get to the bottom of your heartburn pain. We specialize in diagnosing the underlying causes of heartburn and offering treatment options to relieve heartburn symptoms that are caused by obesity or GERD.
Could Your Heartburn Be Caused By GERD?
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a progressive condition that affects the digestive system. GERD is typically caused by a weakened Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), which is a muscle that is located in the lower esophagus. The LES serves the important function of keeping stomach acid where it belongs. When the LES isn’t working properly, stomach acid can splash back into the esophagus, resulting in acid reflux. GERD is characterized by chronic acid reflux, which can cause debilitating pain and can also lead to more serious conditions such as esophageal cancer. Learn More About the Connection Between Heartburn and GERD.
I had my heartburn issues (caused by hiatal hernia) corrected with the Lynx procedure in June 2018. Dr. Yu and his team at TLC Heartburn Center are incredible! My heartburn is gone, I feel great and can enjoy my life heartburn free!! Thank youKathryne Castellanos
Heartburn and other GERD Symptoms
GERD can cause a range of symptoms, including:
- Persistent Heartburn
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Serious Cough
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Difficulty Eating
Do you think that you may be experiencing Acid Reflux or GERD? Try checking your symptoms with our Symptom Checker on our Acid Reflux website.
Treatment Options for Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD
Medications are available to treat acid reflux symptoms, but patients with GERD may prefer a more permanent solution that addresses the cause of GERD with minimal side effects. Treatment options at TLC in Houston include:
The LINX® Reflux Management System offers a permanent solution to correct a weak LES. In this procedure, a magnetized titanium ring is used to prevent acid reflux. Learn more about LINX®.
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication, known as TIF, is an endoscopic procedure to implant an anti-reflux valve to treat and prevent GERD symptoms. Learn more about TIF.
Hiatal Hernia Repair
A hiatal hernia, which is a bulge in the diaphragm, can cause severe acid reflux. A minimally invasive hiatal hernia repair procedure can reduce GERD symptoms. Learn more about Hiatal Hernia Repair.
Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication is a surgical procedure to treat GERD by strengthening the LES. Learn more about Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication.
Get Heartburn Relief
We know that frequent acid reflux, chronic heartburn, and other GERD symptoms can negatively affect your quality of life. If you are suffering from GERD and medication is not providing relief, we can help.
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