Making Sense: Surgical options for GERD

ATLANTA Medicine: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid repeatedly flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach (esophagus). This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your esophagus. 

Many people experience acid reflux from time to time. However, when acid reflux happens repeatedly, it can cause GERD. Most people are able to manage the discomfort of GERD with lifestyle changes and medications. however, some may need surgery to ease symptoms or when medical management fails. Low-risk, highly efficient surgical options for GERD can provide long-term relief from debilitating symptoms. Many options exist. 

GERD is an exceedingly common disease in our society. One out of five adults suffers from GERD, and approximately 20 million patients are on some form of "acid blocker" such as a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI). However, even on medication, 40% still suffer from symptoms. 

Read the full article as it appeared in ATLANTA Medicine.


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