Digestive Institute of Arizona

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

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GERD is a digestive disorder that results from chronic acid reflux, which happens when stomach acid flows backward into the esophagus, the pipe joining the mouth and stomach. This regurgitation irritates the lining of the esophagus and can heartburn.

The Digestive Institute of Arizona consists of a team of skilled gastroenterologists with extensive experience diagnosing and treating GERD. We know how important treating this condition is for your everyday life and health.

Symptoms of GERD

GERD’s most common symptom is heartburn, which is a burning chest pain that worsens upon eating, lying down, or bending. Infrequent heartburn is normal, but frequent heartburn can indicate GERD.

Symptoms of GERD may include:

Causes of GERD

GERD is an illness caused by inappropriate relaxation or weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a muscular valve in the last part of the esophagus. This causes gastric acid and its contents to reflux into the esophagus.

GERD could be attributed to several factors, including:

Diagnosis of GERD

Our gastroenterologists at the Digestive Institute of Arizona will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose GERD. This may involve:

Treatment Options for GERD

GERD treatment entails decreasing stomach acid production, strengthening the LES and controlling symptoms.

Alterations in lifestyle

Diet and weight management

Avoiding foods that trigger heartburn, eating smaller meals more frequently, losing weight, and elevating the head of your bed at night are all ways to alleviate GERD significantly.

Smoking cessation

Stopping smoking is critical in managing GERD due to its adverse effects of weakening the LES and damaging the esophagus.

Medications

There are various kinds of drugs for GERD treatment. These include:

Antacids

Antacids neutralize stomach acid and relieve heartburn quickly.

H2 blockers

They decrease the production of stomach acid.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)

PPIs are the most powerful substances to lessen acidity in the body and are often preferred as first-line therapy for GERD.

Endoscopic Procedures

In some cases, GERD treatment may require minimally invasive endoscopic procedures. These include:

Radiofrequency energy

Using radiofrequency energy can strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter.

LINX procedure

A small magnetic aid is inserted around the lower esophagus valve to toughen it and hinder acid backflow.

Surgery

GERD treatment via surgery is ordinarily used as a very last resort after other remedies have failed. Laparoscopic fundoplication is one of the most common surgeries done for GERD, and it consists of creating a valve mechanism that prevents stomach acid from returning to the esophagus.

Our Commitment to Your Digestive Health

We at the Digestive Institute of Arizona are dedicated to offering sympathetic therapy and elaborate support for patients with GERD. Our team of harmonious gastroenterologists, surgeons, dietitians, and support staff ensures that each individual receives the best care from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.
 
Those suffering from GERD symptoms or having been just diagnosed with this condition should book an appointment with one of our experienced specialists as soon as possible. This will enable you and your doctor to develop a personalized treatment plan to manage your symptoms, thus improving your quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

People with untreated GERD may have complications, for instance, esophagitis – the inflammation of the esophagus; esophageal strictures – narrowed regions in the esophagus; Barrett’s syndrome – a precancerous disorder, and in rare cases even cancer of the esophagus.
In some cases, dietary changes, herbal remedies, acupuncture, or relaxation techniques may be helpful. However, medical consultation is important before using these alternative treatments to ensure their safety and efficiency.
Each person’s recovery period differs in terms of symptom intensity, commitment to recommended therapy, and overall well-being. Some patients begin experiencing relief from symptoms after a few days or weeks of starting medical treatment. However, others may have to wait longer until they observe significant changes only.