Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly referred to as GERD or acid reflux, is a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach regurgitates (backs up or refluxes) into the esophagus. The cause of GERD is complex and may involve multiple causes.
The symptoms of uncomplicated GERD include:
Complications of GERD include:
- ulcers and strictures of the esophagus
- Barrett’s esophagus
- cough and asthma
- throat and laryngeal inflammation
- inflammation and infection of the lungs
- a collection of fluid in the sinuses and middle ear
GERD may be diagnosed or evaluated by a variety of procedures and tests. And the treatment of GERD is varied as well.
- life-style changes
- over-the-counter and prescription drugs
GERD is a chronic condition. Once it begins, it usually is life-long. If there is injury to the lining of the esophagus (esophagitis), this also is a chronic condition. Moreover, after the esophagus has healed with treatment and treatment is stopped, the injury will return in most patients within a few months. Once treatment for GERD is begun it is often continued indefinitely. However, some patients with intermittent symptoms can be treated only during symptomatic periods.
The good news is that there is a revolutionary procedure called LINX™ surgery that helps to alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux/GERD by strengthening the lower esophageal sphincter. The LINX™ device consists of a small flexible band of magnetic titanium beads that’s placed around the esophagus. The contracting magnetic force of the band strengthens the body’s natural barrier against acid reflux, while still allowing food and liquid to easily pass through when swallowing. Over 90% of patients experience a significant improvement in their reflux symptoms following LINX™ surgery.
If you live in the Las Vegas area and would like to learn more about this procedure, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shawn Tsuda or Dr. Heidi Ryan. As the first LINX trained surgeons in Las Vegas and as the first digestive institute in the area to offer the only FDA-approved treatment for GERD, Dr. Shawn Tsuda, Dr. Heidi Ryan, and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center are ready to help you fight back against gastroesophageal reflux disease!