miVIP Blog - General Surgery

Why is GERD Surgery Better than Acid Blocking Medication?

The Doctor Blog, miVIP Surgery Centers Contributor: Board-certified general surgeon, Heidi Ryan, MD If you suffer from frequent heartburn or acid reflux, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. When GERD is not controlled, it can damage your esophagus and increase your risk of developing esophageal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, more…

Addressing Patients’ Concerns About Surgical Mesh in Hernia Repair

It is estimated that more than 1 million abdominal and groin hernia repairs are performed in the United States each year. Surgical mesh — the prosthetic material frequently used to cover and reinforce the herniated area during surgery — has been around more than 50 years, and has long been regarded as the “gold standard”…

After Years of Chronic Acid Reflux, Surgery Turned My Life Around

I suffered from chronic heartburn for years. I tried every over-the-counter antacid medication available, but those just weren’t strong enough for me. A friend told me that if I modified my diet by cutting down on acid-producing foods and stopped eating immediately before going to bed, I might find some relief. Those changes helped a…