At RefluxMD we hear this question several times a week; what is acid reflux? Acid reflux, also known as GERD, is a serious and potentially progressive disease, but it’s also misunderstood. This article debunks the most common reflux myths and fills you in on what you really need to know. We’ve all experienced heartburn, that burning […]
Acid Reflux Surgery
For some people, acid reflux surgery is a viable option to provide lifetime relief from GERD. The goal of the different antireflux procedures is repair of the damaged LES. This section includes a discussion of the pros and cons of surgery, as well as the latest information about the different procedures currently available.
I am considering anti-reflux surgery, but I’m not sure what to look for in a surgeon. What questions should I ask before picking someone? If you are considering anti-reflux surgery, you have likely been referred to a specific surgeon by your gastroentrologist or have been evaluated by a surgeon you may have “heard of.” Choosing […]
Unlike acid suppressive medical therapy, the objective of the surgical and endoscopic treatment of GERD is to restore the integrity of the damaged LES to stop reflux. This consists of augmenting, repairing, or restoring the LES’ function. Thus, the direct cause of GERD is corrected permanently. This surgical alternative should reduce or eliminate symptoms and stop […]
I have an appointment with my family doctor and I really want to ask for a referral to a GERD specialist, but I don’t want to hurt her feelings. How should I approach this? Requesting referral to a specialist or to another physician for evaluation or second opinion can be a very daunting and intimidating […]
Please take a moment to watch our short video on the top five things everyone should know about gastric reflux disease. After you’ve watched the video, please take our assessment to determine your gastric reflux disease stage and read our personalized recommendations to help you take control of your disease.
I have an upcoming appointment to discuss my reflux symptoms. What information does my doctor need to know to help me? In order for your doctor to evaluate your condition and determine if it is due to reflux, there is specific information he/she will ask you, and all GERD prospective patients, during the initial visit. […]
I’m often asked why I think it’s so important to change the way today’s medicine To explain I like to compare where we were with heart disease 40 years ago to today’s treatment of acid reflux, or GERD. GERD has many similarities to the coronary artery disease that causes heart disease. Both are the result […]