Laparoscopic surgery is available to treat acid reflux in patients diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease.
What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease?
Heartburn is a very common occurrence, but if you suffer from severe “heartburn” you may be diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly knows as GERD. We each have a muscular ring, called a sphincter, which connects the esophagus with the stomach. In a patient with GERD, the sphincter becomes weak or fails to close properly, and this causes stomach acid to splash back into the esophagus. The lining of the esophagus becomes inflamed or irritated from the acid reflux and that leads to a burning sensation below the neck, toward the ribs. Other symptoms include vomiting, coughing, an unpleasant sour taste in the mouth, and difficulty swallowing.
How to treat Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease
GERD can sometimes by treated with lifestyle changes. Losing weight, changing sleeping positions, avoiding acidic foods, and eating smaller portions can help alleviate symptoms. Medications are also available to reduce the acid in the stomach. For patients with chronic GERD whose symptoms are not lessened by other methods, surgery is an effective option. The surgeons at Texas Laparoscopic Consultants, a partner of Nobilis Health, offer a minimally invasive procedure to correct GERD. If left untreated, GERD can cause complications such as esophageal ulcers, internal bleeding and esophagitis.
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