Gastroesophegeal Reflux Disease or GERD is a disorder that affects 30% of adult Americans with greater than half of these people experiencing symptoms on a daily basis. This is otherwise known as “heartburn” and is caused by acid, which should normally remain in the stomach, escaping through an incompetent valve in the esophagus. This acid irritates the lining of the esophagus causing ulcers and symptoms of heartburn, but more importantly, it can cause long lasting effects.
Included in these problems are blockage of the esophagus and esophageal caner. While medications can effectively control the symptoms, they don’t always stop the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus. In patients who continue to have this problem a safe, effective, outpatient procedure is available. This is performed Laproscopically and in the vast majority of patients alleviates both reflux and the long term effects.
Studies have even shown the disappearance of pre-cancerous changes following the surgery. This is not found with medication alone.
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See the original news article written by Dr. David Rau M.D. below.