Treatments for Reflux or GERD
Do you struggle with persistent heartburn? Do your reflux symptoms keep you up at night? Have you been using antacids every day for more than two weeks? If so, our team at Baptist Health is here to help you.
What is the difference between Acid Reflux and GERD?
While acid reflux is a medical condition that ranges from mild to severe, GERD(gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a chronic, more serious form of acid reflux. Common symptoms of GERD may include:
- Frequent heartburn
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Asthma symptoms
- Trouble swallowing
- Trouble staying asleep
Symptoms of GERD should not be managed by suffering through, or waiting it out. Chronic acid reflux causes more than acute discomfort; it can cause long-term damage and even cancer if left untreated.
What are your treatment options for GERD?
Treatments typically start with lifestyle and dietary changes to relieve symptoms of reflux. Millions of people with GERD use over-the-counter medications or take prescription medications (such as H2 blockers, or PPI - proton pump inhibitors).
However, taking medications long term can have dangerous side effects and is not recommended.
If changing your diet or habits doesn’t help and you rely on medications to manage your symptoms, it may be time to consider another solution.
Our team at Baptist Health specializes in minimally invasive procedures to give you long-term relief from reflux symptoms and help prevent more serious health issues. Using laparoscopic/robotic techniques, patients typically spend one night in the hospital for recovery.
These minimally-invasive procedures include:
The LINX© System is a small, flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads. The system is implanted around the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), just above the stomach. The magnetic beads keep the esophageal sphincter closed to help prevent reflux. The beads temporarily separate to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach.
Fundoplication is a minimally-invasive surgical technique that reinforces the lower esophageal sphincter by wrapping part of the stomach around the bottom of the esophagus. Fundoplication is often done laparoscopically, which only involves small incisions in the abdomen. Our surgeons are trained in both laparoscopic Nissen and Toupet fundoplication techniques.