GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE: UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS.
Gain a greater understanding of our safe and effective solutions for symptoms and conditions related to gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD*.
miVIP Surgery Centers is the recognized leader in minimally invasive surgical procedures, with over 1,500 performed across multiple specialties.
Our expert physicians use the da Vinci® Surgical System, the latest state-of-the-art surgical device created to ensure that every procedure is performed with unrivaled precision.
In addition, our offices are affiliated with many of the leading university hospitals in the United States and exceed the national requirements for quality assurance, with accreditation by the Joint Commission.
GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE: WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?
More than 60 million American adults suffer symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux every month, with symptoms that vary in intensity.
Overrating, pregnancy, diet, Hiatal hernias, and family history are all critical factors that can increase the chances of individuals developing gastroesophageal reflux.
For those battling symptoms, it’s critically important to treat minor concerns before they develop into major, damage causing conditions.
If neglected, GERD can develop into esophagitis or Barrett’s Esophagus, a condition that dramatically increases the risk of esophageal cancer.
GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE: WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?
Effectively treating gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, involves making—and adhering to—certain lifestyle adjustments.
These adjustments include maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding alcohol, cigarettes, and certain foods. For pregnant women, symptoms may subside after delivery.
If the condition causes tissue damage to the esophagus, a physician may prescribe
an antibiotic or proton pump inhibitor (PPI). This is not considered to be a permanent solution.
Another treatment approach is an EGD procedure. During this approach, a small camera on a tube is inserted through the stomach, esophagus, and duodenum. This procedure allows an experienced surgeon to determine with greater certainty what dynamics are causing GERD symptoms to manifest.
In addition, miVIP Surgery Centers offers minimally-invasive, robotic procedures performed in an outpatient setting for several GI conditions, including:
LINX® System—This revolutionary surgical technology consists of a small, flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. The magnetism between the beads helps the bands resist opening to gastric pressure, preventing reflux from entering the stomach through the esophagus.
Hiatal Hernia Repair Surgery—A hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm up into the chest, allowing food and acid to flood the esophagus. Hiatal hernia repair surgery involves tightening the junction between the stomach and esophagus.
Nissen Fundoplication—In this increasingly common procedure, a physician wraps the top of the stomach around the lower esophagus to reinforce the lower esophageal sphincter, reducing the likelihood that acid will back up into the esophagus.
GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE: ARE YOU A CANDIDATE?
Candidates for our GERD treatment options have been diagnosed with—or previously treated for—chronic conditions impacting the gastrointestinal tract, including conditions of the esophagus and the sphincter.