Memorial Hospital offers a comprehensive approach for the diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux disease. By combining highly skilled physicians with the latest technology, we are committed to helping patients find relief from GERD.
What is GERD?
GERD consists of heartburn and acid reflux occurrences that happen at least three times a week and cannot be treated through dietary and other lifestyle changes. Patients with GERD have a damaged lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, the valve situated at the bottom of the esophagus, closing off the esophagus from the stomach.
When this sphincter malfunctions, the valve cannot function properly, which results in highly acidic digestive juices rising up into the esophagus. When this happens people suffer from heartburn and acid reflux. If left untreated, serious complications can occur, including inflammation and ulceration in the esophagus. These complications can lead to difficulty swallowing, and even worse, chronic GERD, which has been linked to Barrett's esophagus, a condition that can lead to esophageal cancer.
Causes of acid reflux include:
- Being overweight or obese
- Hiatal hernia
- Lying down after eating a heavy meal
- Consuming citrus fruits, tomatoes, coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, fatty foods or carbonated drinks
- Hoarseness or sore throat
- Frequent swallowing
- Pain or discomfort in the chest
- Sleep disruption
- Excessive clearing of the throat
- Persistent cough
- Burning in the mouth or throat
- Food intolerances
- Dental erosion, gum disease or inflammation
Find relief from reflux
Many individuals suffering from heartburn choose lifestyle modifications such as diet or medication. When medication and lifestyle changes are not enough, patients may seek further testing. At Memorial Hospital, patients can find diagnostic testing and treatment for acid reflux in one location with multiple tests being scheduled during one visit.
Diagnostic testing includes:
- Barium Swallow Exam
- Bravo pH Monitoring
- Esophageal Manometry
The team at Memorial Hospital is here to help you find the best solution for your reflux. Many of our treatment options include minimally invasive procedures to help you recover quicker and get back to your life faster.
Treatment options include:
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Lower Esophageal Sphincter Augmentation
- Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
- Heller Myotomy
For more information, call (904) 702-GERD.