Recently, research was presented at the American College of Gastroenterology 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course claiming electrical stimulation may be an effective treatment for gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD.) The device can be implanted surgically and delivers electrical stimulation to the lower sphincter safely and unnoticeably. The study found that most people reported satisfaction with this reflux treatment with no serious adverse events reported to date. Doctors at the Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles are experts in treating acid reflux and gastrointestinal reflux disease, and avidly keep up with the latest philosophies and technologies in treatment. New research findings always impact the way medicine advances, and reflux treatment specialists in Los Angeles are eager to stay ahead.
While the results of the electrical implant device are encouraging, empirically minded doctors at the Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence would like to see more clinical trials performed before offering new treatment options. The electrical stimulation device has been implanted in 25 people to date, and the data reflects positive relief of symptoms and lowered pH levels in most patients. The data implies this is an effective treatment option for gastrointestinal reflux, and Los Angeles surgeons look forward to reviewing further studies and follow up reports discussing side effects, symptom relief and long term palliation from the implanted device.
What is Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease?
Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) is the chronic suffering of heartburn or reflux pain. Symptoms of GERD include trouble swallowing, sore throat, regurgitation, and chronic coughing or chest pain sometimes accompanied by a sour taste in the mouth. If you feel like you are suffering relentlessly from these types of symptoms, you may want to contact your doctor about being tested for GERD. Doctors at the Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence will perform an imaging test to evaluate the condition of the food pipe for signs of chronic acid reflux. If the doctor determines that GERD is likely responsible for your symptoms, you will be presented with a range of available treatment options.
Treatment for Persistent Acid Reflux
Symptoms of acid reflux and GERD can be debilitating, leaving the patient demotivated to continue with their day. Often as an initial measure, or for milder symptoms, doctors will recommend heartburn medications or dietary modifications as initial treatment options. If over the counter acid reflux treatment does not relieve symptoms, surgeons may recommend surgery. The Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence is considered the top option for undergoing a surgical procedure for acid reflux in Los Angeles. Our Los Angeles reflux specialists perform two different surgeries and will consult you on the best course of treatment for your specific case.
Nissen Fundoplication- surgical procedure that wraps a portion of the stomach around the lower esophagus to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter and prevent acid from flowing back into the esophagus
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication-a state of the art procedure where a camera is sent into the lower esophagus through the mouth to lengthen the lower esophagus and create a valve to prevent stomach acid from refluxing into the esophagus
Acid Reflux Treatment in Los Angeles
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