Treatment for Heartburn and GERD
Your treatment begins with a correct diagnosis.
Our primary goal in providing treatment for heartburn and GERD is your comfort and well-being. Our dedicated team offers a range of effective treatments and personalized strategies to help you find relief from heartburn and manage GERD for a better quality of life.
- Defining GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Heartburn:
GERD is a chronic digestive disease characterized by a burning sensation or discomfort in the chest area. It occurs when stomach acid flows back up into the esophagus, causing irritation and inflammation. The sensation is often felt behind the breastbone and can be accompanied by a sour or acidic taste in the mouth.
Some people are born with a naturally weak sphincter (LES). For others, however, fatty and spicy foods, certain types of medication, tight clothing, smoking, drinking alcohol, vigorous exercise or changes in body position (bending over or lying down) may cause the LES to relax, causing reflux. Diagnosis of GERD is often based on the frequency and severity of symptoms, such as heartburn.
Testing and Treatment for GERD:
Most people can manage the discomfort of heartburn with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications. But for people with GERD, these remedies may offer only temporary relief. Patients who do not respond well to lifestyle changes or medications may choose to undergo a surgical procedure to aid in relieving the symptoms.
TIF / Esophyx
TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) with the EsophyX is an innovative procedure used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is a minimally invasive approach that does not require external incisions, as the instruments are inserted through the mouth. The procedure involves reconstructing the valve between the esophagus and stomach, reducing acid reflux and providing long-term relief for patients suffering from GERD. Recent clinical studies show that at two years following the procedure, 85% of patients are still heartburn free and 79% are still off daily PPIs. Since TIF is non-invasive and repeatable, it offers the best of both worlds – the high effectiveness of a surgical repair and the low complication rate of a transoral approach.
Nissen Fundoplication is a surgical procedure used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and related conditions. During this surgery, the upper part of the stomach is wrapped around the lower esophagus to prevent stomach acid from flowing back into the esophagus, thus reducing reflux symptoms. The procedure is typically performed laparoscopically, using small incisions and a camera-guided approach, which often results in quicker recovery times and less post-operative discomfort. Nissen Fundoplication is considered an effective option for patients who do not respond well to conservative treatments like medications or lifestyle modifications.
Bravo pH Monitoring
Bravo pH monitoring is a patient-friendly test for identifying the cause of heartburn. This test allows your doctor to evaluate your heartburn symptoms to determine the frequency and duration of acid coming up into your esophagus and to confirm if your condition may be GERD. The test involves a miniature pH capsule, approximately the size of a gelcap, that is attached to your esophagus. Throughout the test period, the Bravo pH capsule measures the pH in the esophagus and transmits this information to a small receiver worn on your belt or waistband just like a pager or mobile phone.