Do you experience frequent heartburn and a burning sensation in your throat, especially after eating certain foods? You may have acid reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
How acid reflux works
GERD is usually caused when the muscle that holds the top of the stomach closed, stops working properly. This condition, known as a hiatal hernia, allows stomach contents (gastric reflux) to rise up into the throat.
After you eat, food travels from your esophagus to your stomach. Along the way, food passes through a one-way valve called the lower esophageal sphincter, which is the opening to your stomach. This valve, which usually opens when you swallow, doesn’t operate normally when you have acid reflux. The faulty valve allows food and stomach acid to travel back up the esophagus, causing symptoms such as heartburn and difficulty swallowing. When experienced repeatedly over a period of time, GERD can permanently damage the esophagus.
Typical symptoms of acid reflux include:
• Frequent heartburn and burping
• Sour-tasting fluid backing up into your mouth
• Worsening symptoms after you eat, bend over or lie down
• Difficulty or pain when swallowing
Don’t continue to live with the discomfort that comes with acid reflux—call us today at 651-982-7650 to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons.
Fairview Clinics – Wyoming
Fairview Lakes Medical Center
5200 Fairview Blvd.
Wyoming, MN 55092
Mario Potvin, MD
James Cain, MD