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 […]
Esophageal Cancer and Other Complications
Because the contents of the stomach can irritate the lining of the esophagus, GERD can advance to a variety of complications, including strictures, esophagitis, Barrett's esophagus, and esophageal cancer. All of these complications can seriously impact the quality of the sufferer’s life if not treated appropriately.
What is Barrett’s esophagus? Barrett’s esophagus (or simply Barrett’s) is a pre-cancerous condition that increases the risk of esophageal cancer (EC) when compared to other patients with GERD. These two esophagus problems are the most serious of all GERD complications. If you have been diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus, the cells in your esophagus have changed, […]
About the study The June 2012 Issue of Annals of Surgery contains a published study reporting that Barrett’s esophagus, which develops in approximately 5 to 8 percent of patients with GERD, may be the result of bile reflux rather than stomach acid. The study was conducted by a team of scientists at the University of […]
Swallowing problems, or dysphagia, is one of a combination of symptoms that often are present with GERD. Dysphagia is referred to as an “alarm symptom.” Although usually related to a slight decline in the ability of the esophageal muscle to squeeze caused by GERD, dysphagia should be evaluated immediately since it is the most common […]
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’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 […]