If you’re suffering from heartburn more than twice a week or waking up in the middle of the night with painful indigestion, you may have a condition know as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or acid reflux. Fortunately, the board-certified gastroenterologists at La Peer’s Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence offer a number of effective acid reflux treatments to alleviate your symptoms and restore esophageal health.
Take the first step towards enjoying your life again by calling (888) 593-1042 to schedule a consultation with one of our reflux specialists.
Preventing Acid Reflux
Making changes to your diet and lifestyle can help prevent acid reflux and relieve symptoms of heartburn. The doctors at the Reflux Surgery Center recommend that patients maintain a healthy weight, as excess pounds can put pressure on the abdomen and lead to reflux. Furthermore, our experts suggest that people at risk for heartburn limit alcohol intake, quit smoking cigarettes, and eat smaller meals throughout the day. Reducing consumption of fatty and fried foods or cutting out coffee, chocolate and citrus fruits can also help alleviate reflux symptoms.
Medical Treatments for Reflux
If home remedies are not sufficient to relieve your reflux, you may want consider seeking medical treatment. In cases where OTC medications and antacids prove ineffective, the doctors at the Reflux Surgery Center may prescribe H-2-receptor blockers, proton pump inhibitors, or drugs to strengthen the esophageal sphincter. For patients who continue to experience heartburn, surgical procedures may be necessary to relive symptoms and restore quality of life.
Surgical Treatments for GERD
If you are a good candidate, our doctors might recommend surgery to treat your acid reflux or GERD. The following surgical treatments are performed on an outpatient basis at the newly remodeled Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles:
- Nissen fundoplication – Performed laparoscopically, Nissen fundoplication is a procedure in which doctors tighten the lower esophageal sphincter to prevent reflux.
- TIF procedure – An effective option for patients who are not good candidates for Nissen fundoplication, the TIF procedure is an incisionless surgery that involves the placement of a device down the mouth and into the beginning of the stomach that prevents stomach acid from washing up into the esophagus.
If you would like to learn more about these and other methods of treating acid reflux, feel free to contact the gastroenterologists at the Reflux Surgery Center at (888) 593-1042.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who should consider surgical options for treating acid reflux?
A: Patients suffering from regular reflux that cannot be managed with medication might want to consider surgical treatment.
Q: Is it safe to take acid reflux medications on a regular basis?
A: Overusing antacids and other reflux medications can cause side effects like constipation. If you’re taking these medications more than twice a week, you may want to consider seeing a gastroenterologist to explore other treatment methods.
Q: Are surgeries to treat acid reflux effective?
A: Yes! Approximately 90 to 95 percent of patients report a reduction in heartburn and reflux symptoms after surgery.
Q: What risks accompany surgery for GERD?
A: Although surgeries for GERD are widely regarded as safe procedures, the following rare complications have occurred: trouble swallowing, bloating, infection, and the need for additional surgeries or procedures.
Contact the Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence
Overall, surgical options for GERD carry a low risk of side effects and can offer dramatic relief from the symptoms of reflux. Contact the board-certified gastroenterologists at the Reflux Surgery Center to find out more about options for treating your reflux.
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