Surgery and Pills Are Equally Effective Treatments for GERD

Millions of people suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). GERD is caused by gastric fluids escaping up into the esophagus. Symptoms include heartburn, bloating, regurgitation and sometimes more serious complications such as esophageal lesions and esophageal cancer.

A recent study has revealed that surgery and medications such as Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid are all effective treatments for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). The study involved 554 patients with GERD who had had success with Nexium. Some patients were picked for surgery while others continued using medication for therapy. Five years after beginning treatment, 92% of those taking medication and 85% of those who had had surgery were in remission. The doctors who conducted the survey said that even though Nexium was the medicine of choice for this study, other medications can work just as well.

Each path of treatment has its pros and cons. For instance, while those who had surgery had fewer incidents of bloating, those who pursued treatment through surgery experienced less regurgitation and heartburn. Also, those who suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) that is not caused by acid had more success with surgery than with medication. Surgery may also be preferable for those who do not wish to take pills for the rest of their lives.

These findings indicate that patients can choose which sort of treatment they would like to pursue. In many cases, either treatment can be successful.

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