Heartburn & Acid Reflux (GERD) Surgery
Heartburn, also known as acid reflux or GER, is a very common problem that affects millions of Americans. Occasional heartburn is normal and can often be managed with over-the-counter medications. However when reflux becomes chronic, it is known as GERD and requires medical attention. Most often, the esophageal valve that allows food and liquid to pass into the stomach malfunctions, allowing stomach acid to be pushed back into the esophageal tract. If left untreated or if undertreated, acid reflux can erode the lining of the esophagus and cause serious complications that may even be permanent.
For mild cases of heartburn or inflammation of the esophagus, certain over-the-counter or prescription medications can alleviate discomfort. Occasionally, however, prescription medication is not sufficient to keep the acid reflux under control and surgery may be required. In short, surgery can be a better option than staying on medication, because most medications only treat the symptoms and not the underlying cause of the acid reflux.
What Makes the Ideal Heartburn & Acid Reflux (GERD) Surgery Patient?
The ideal acid reflux surgical patient is one who has not found significant relief through the use of pharmaceuticals or over-the-counter medication. This procedure may also be suited to those who often experience significant heartburn and may not want to continue taking anti-reflux medication for the rest of their lives. The latter may particularly appreciate the possibility of resolving the reflux once and for all.
Much like any other surgical procedure, anti-reflux surgery has some degree of inherent risk. Learning more about the advantages and disadvantages of undergoing a surgical procedure for heartburn is an important first step. We recommend that you to contact our office for a consultation with our team.