Acid reflux disease can be a significant source of discomfort for patients of all ages. Treatment of acid reflux can require a lot of trial-and-error, and options include:
- Over-the-counter medications
- Prescription medications
- Dietary changes and minimizing spicy foods
- Lifestyle changes, such as leaving at least three hours between eating and sleeping.
Some patients see no improvements no matter how many medications they try or how many foods they remove from their diet – but did you know that acid reflux disease can be treated with surgery? While mild or moderate cases of acid reflux disease often respond to medication and diet changes, more persistent cases can be treated with acid reflux surgery. Texas patients can reach out to our experienced and knowledgeable offices anytime to consult with our doctors about available options.
Prevalence of Acid Reflux
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a chronic source of acid reflux. GERD is caused by weakness in the esophageal sphincter that allows stomach contents to surge up into the esophagus. While many adults experience acid reflux after eating certain foods, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says that approximately 20% of the U.S. population has GERD, which causes ongoing and uncomfortable acid reflux.
In other words, acid reflux is nothing to be ashamed of – and it can be caused by factors completely outside of your control. Acute cases of acid reflux are often easy to fix, but chronic cases of GERD are common enough that the medical community has come up with new ways of treating this disorder.
If left untreated, severe GERD can turn into Barrett’s esophagus, which increases the risk of esophageal cancer. Fortunately, medical improvements have made acid reflux surgery highly successful, low risk, and easy to recover from.
The primary type of acid reflux surgery, fundoplication, involves tightening the lower esophageal sphincter. In some cases, this surgery can be performed laparoscopically with only a few incisions. Recovery time can vary, but the minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedure can allow patients to return to sedentary work within a week and a half.
If your acid reflux isn’t going away with medication and diet changes, it’s time to consider other options. Acid reflux patients in Texas can reach out to us for safe and caring treatment in our Plano and Dallas locations.