You enjoy a delicious meal, and suddenly your stomach is on fire. What was in your stomach is now creeping up into your throat and, oh no, is that chest pain? The good news is, you're probably not having a heart attack. The bad news? You likely suffer from GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.
GERD is a chronic, often progressive digestive disease caused by a weak lower esophageal sphincter that allows harmful stomach acid and bile to flow back up into the esophagus. Acid suppression drugs may calm your symptoms, but don't repair the defect and allow reflux to continue to occur. If left untreated, GERD can develop into a pre-cancerous condition called Barrett's esophagus and possibly esophageal cancer.
If you answer yes to any of the questions below, talk with your HonorHealth gastroenterologist about reflux treatment options to see if you're a candidate.
- Do you still have symptoms (e.g., heartburn, sore throat, chest pain, cough, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing) despite taking medication?
- Do you have Barrett's esophagus?
- Do you respond well to medication but don't want to continue taking it indefinitely?
- Are you limited to the type of medication you can take due to adverse side effects?
- Are you looking for a less invasive surgical procedure than one your physician recommended?