Acid reflux, or Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is a condition when stomach contents and acid spill back into the esophagus. The sensation of heartburn may occur when there is contact with the liquid on the surface of the esophagus. GERD is a common condition and as much as 35 percent of Americans suffer from it.
If you think you may be suffering from acid reflux, it’s important to seek treatment from a board-certified gastroenterologist like the ones at Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence. To schedule a consultation or to make an appointment with one of our skilled physicians call (888) 593-1042
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD (acid reflux) is caused by a relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, which allows stomach acid to come into contact with the esophagus. Over time, GERD can lead to changes in the cells that line the esophagus, metaplasia, or the changes in the esophagus lead to Barrett’s esophagus, and possibly esophageal cancer.
Risk Factors for Acid Reflux
A number of risk factors in diet and lifestyle have been attributed to acid reflux and the further development of Barrett’s esophagus or esophageal cancer. Some of the known risk factors for acid reflux include:
- Fatty and fried foods
- Acidic dishes such as those made with tomato sauces
Some of the symptoms of acid reflux are vague and may go unnoticed. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with a reflux surgery specialist.
- Burning pain in the chest
- Persistent heartburn
- Bad or metallic taste
- Nausea after eating
- Regurgitation of food
- Sore throat
- Coughing or wheezing
Diagnosis of Acid Reflux
The symptoms of acid reflux are complex, but there are several methods that aid in the diagnosis of acid reflux.
- EGD – Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is an upper endoscopy. This diagnostic procedure allows the physician to insert a small camera into the mouth down through the esophagus and stomach and finally into the small intestine. This technique is used to visuals all of the structures and anything out of the ordinary. During an EGD you will be given medication to help alleviate any discomfort and to place you at ease.
- ESO Pill – The ESO pill is an innovative new procedure where you swallow a tiny camera (about the size of a multivitamin) and the device transmits hundreds of pictures back to the doctor via wireless technology. This method is great for monitoring those already diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus as a way to monitor successful treatment.
GERD Surgery in Los Angeles
Surgical treatment of acid reflux may be necessary for those that don’t respond to conservative methods. At the Reflux Surgery Center, they specialize in a variety of procedures to control your acid reflux including Nissen fundoplication and Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF Procedure) right in Los Angeles.
Acid reflux treatment is handled by our Los Angeles doctors in a variety of ways including life style and diet modifications, medicines, and surgically. Some of the lifestyle recommendations include weight loss, avoidance of alcohol, nicotine, and giving yourself a few hours before going to sleep and your last meal. Some medicines that can be prescribed for you include antacids, or a group of medications known as proton pump inhibitors that decrease the production of stomach acid.
Contact Us for Acid Reflux Treatment in Los Angeles
If you would like to learn more about these and other methods of treating acid reflux, feel free to contact the acid reflux treatment specialists at the Reflux Surgery Center at (888) 593-1042.
Next, read frequently asked questions about GERD.