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Fundoplication and Gastropexy Surgeries for GERD

Posted: Aug 16 in Reflux Blog tagged by

When lifestyle changes (changing eating habits, losing weight, eliminating alcohol and caffeine, stopping smoking etc.) and medication fail to reduce unrelenting, prolonged heartburn related to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), your doctor may advise surgery. Further, if you are experiencing asthma, hoarseness, and a persistent cough that doesn’t go away with medication, surgery may be the right option for you. While surgery for GERD doesn’t work for everyone, it is more successful now than ever. Fundoplication, the most common Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) surgery, helps 60 to 90 percent of people.

Fundoplication surgery consists of tying the upper portion of the stomach, which is called the fundus, around the esophagus to completely encircle it. Once wrapped, the fundus is stitched to support the valve or flap between the esophagus and stomach. In a partial fundoplication, the stomach is only wrapped part of the way around the esophagus. Fundoplication surgery isn’t always effective long term, and some people need to continue to take acid reflux medication to relieve symptoms. Complications of fundoplication surgery included increased flatulence, belching, and difficulty swallowing.

Although less commonly performed than fundoplication surgery, gastropexy is another surgical procedure done to reduce prolonged heartburn as a result of GERD that hasn’t responded to medications or lifestyle adjustments. In a gastropexy procedure the stomach is attached to the diaphragm so it can’t slip through the diaphragm opening into the chest.

Before deciding on surgery to treat GERD, your Atlanta physician will perform tests to determine whether surgery is likely to control or relieve your heartburn and other GERD symptoms.

 

Tips for Preventing Exercise-Induced Heartburn

Posted: Aug 12 in Reflux Blog by

Many people exercise to feel the burn. Muscle burn that is, not heartburn. Unfortunately, some people who exercise vigorously, experience the uncomfortable burning in the esophagus and throat, referred to as exercise-induced Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). If this is you, taking a few precautions before exercising will have you feeling the “right” kind of burn. [...]

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Diagnosing GERD

Posted: Aug 04 in Reflux Blog by

In many cases, your Atlanta physician can diagnose Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) by listening to your symptoms, which may include heartburn, coughing, sore throat, lump in the throat sensation, and chest pain. Sometimes, though, your doctor may require other tests to make a definitive diagnosis or to determine if you have any serious complications, like [...]

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Does Milk Provide Acid Reflux Relief?

Posted: Jul 25 in Reflux Blog by

Most every Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or acid reflux sufferer will tell you that finding relief from heartburn discomfort is on the top of their list. Many patients here in Atlanta turn to milk to relieve the burn, but this remedy does not always work for everyone. Milk is an acidic and alkaline substance that [...]

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Minimizing Complications of Long-Term GERD

Posted: Jul 20 in Reflux Blog by

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) can cause its sufferer to experience heartburn, dry cough, lump in the throat sensation, and even a sour taste in the mouth. But in addition to these annoying symptoms, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) can cause damage to the lining of the esophagus, which may lead to serious complications, like Barrett’s Esophagus, [...]

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