GERD / Reflux Treatments

What is GERD?

One in five Americans suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, more commonly known as acid reflux or heartburn. Millions of dollars are spent trying to control symptoms with over-the-counter antacids and prescription medications to control the pain and side effects of GERD.
 
 

 

How do I know if I have GERD?

Symptoms of GERD vary between individuals, but the most common symptoms are heartburn and chest pain. Other symptoms include cough, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, sore throat, bad breath and dental issues, and adult-onset asthma  

Talk to your primary care provider about your symptoms and possible solutions to treat GERD, including a referral to Schneck Surgical Associates for advanced treatment.
 

What causes GERD?

Acid reflux is caused by a weak lower esophageal sphincter, a valve-like muscle that regulates the passage of food and liquid from the esophagus into the stomach. Another cause of GERD is the presence of a hiatal hernia.

Medications help neutralize the acid, lessening the pain, but reflux and damage to the esophagus continues. Many times patients turn to surgical options to treat GERD. 
 

Surgical Options

When patients understand GERD and the damage it causes or do not want to take medications long term, some look for surgical options. Schneck offers these surgical procedures:  

LINX Procedure

About the size of a quarter, the LINX system consists of a small, flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads that act as a barrier to reflux. During the outpatient minimally invasive surgery, or laparoscopic procedure, the surgeon places the bracelet around the base of the esophagus.

LINX expands when food or liquid passes through. After swallowing, the magnetic bond allows the beads to close and prevent gastric juices from refluxing back into the esophagus.
 

TIF Procedure

Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication, or TIF, procedure reconstructs the lower esophageal sphincter valve and restores the body’s natural protection against reflux. This procedure is commonly completed in combination with minimally invasive hiatal hernia repair. 
 

Nissen Fundoplication

Nissen fundoplication is the most common procedure to restore the natural function of the lower esophageal sphincter valve at the top of the stomach. This laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, procedure involves wrapping the fundus portion of the stomach around the esophagus to reinforce the valve. 

 

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y is a bariatric surgical option, especially for patients who are overweight. Excess weight increases the pressure on the abdomen. Over time, the stomach is pressured causing the lower esophageal sphincter valve to leak stomach acid into the esophagus.

Weight loss is a recommended treatment to relieve reflux symptoms. The Roux-en-Y procedure lowers your appetite and changes how your body metabolizes the food you eat.
 

 

For more information about acid reflux treatment options, reach out to Schneck Surgical Associates by calling (844) 260-3828.