What Is GERD?
Food travels from your mouth to your stomach by way of your esophagus. When a muscle at the end of your esophagus doesn't close properly, contents from your stomach leak back (or reflux) into the esophagus, causing irritation. This is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (or GERD).
Signs and symptoms may include:
- A burning in your chest or throat - called heartburn
- The taste of stomach fluid in the back of your mouth
- A dry cough, especially when lying down in bed at night
- Asthma-like symptoms
- Hoarseness, sore throat or trouble swallowing
Treatments for GERD:
The LINX® device is designed to treat patients with severe heartburn or GERD (also known as acid reflux). Marc Leduc, MD, performs this special procedure, which is done laparoscopically using a camera and tools that are placed through five small incisions. This helps minimize the recovery time and risks to the patient. The procedure generally lasts between 30-45 minutes and patients can often resume a normal diet that same night. Watch this video to learn more about the LINX device:
Hiatal Hernia Repair Surgery
Sometimes a portion of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm and up into the chest, resulting in a condition known as a hiatal hernia. This allows food and acid to flood the esophagus. Surgery can be performed to tighten the junction between the stomach and the esophagus.
This procedure involves a surgeon wrapping the top of the stomach around the lower esophagus in order to reinforce the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), resulting in a reduced likelihood that acid will back up into the esophagus.
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