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Acid reflux Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease GERD stop the burn

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).

About 14 million Americans say they experience symptoms of GERD every day. Surgeons at the Specialty Clinic at Fairview Lakes Medical Center are trained on the latest techniques to turn the tide on acid reflux and improve your quality of life.

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.

Symptoms
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
Lifestyle and diet changes, along with antacid medication, are sometimes enough to control acid reflux symptoms; however, surgery may be the best option for some people. Surgery for GERD involves remaking the valve that opens into your stomach so acid won’t flow back into your esophagus. And now, new and less invasive techniques are making surgery a more appealing treatment option.

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.

Location
Fairview Clinics – Wyoming
Specialty Clinic
Fairview Lakes Medical Center
5200 Fairview Blvd.
Wyoming, MN 55092

Care Team
Mario Potvin, MD
James Cain, MD 
 
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