Center for Digestive Disorders
Acid Reflux (Heartburn) and Esophageal Disorders
Heartburn is the number one GI complaint in the country. Although common and never life-threatening by itself, it can be a sign of more serious problems such as ulcers or pre-cancerous changes in the esophagus. Often it is caused by reflux, a condition in which the stomach acid backs up into the esophagus.
Most often it can be treated with lifestyle changes or medication. Occasionally, minimally invasive surgery is necessary for patients who prefer not to remain on medication. This procedure, called a laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication, has been shown to be effective in preventing reflux. Patients who undergo this procedure usually spend 24 hours in the hospital and are back to work within a week.
Research in the area of acid reflux promises to soon yield a novel form of therapy that will offer a convenient, effective relief from this common disorder. Other novel treatments include endoscopic radiofrequency therapy.
Physicians in the CDD will evaluate each patient’s condition and recommend appropriate treatment.
The CDD provides care to patients with the following conditions:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Esophageal motor disorders
- Reflux-induced asthma
- Acid laryngitis
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Swallowing disorders
Diagnostic and treatment options for the conditions listed above include:
- Medical management
- Radiofrequency treatment of GERD
- Minimally invasive surgery