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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Overview of Acid Reflux and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Frequent heartburn is often caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In people with GERD, the contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus.

Acid Reflux and GERD Treatment

In many cases, symptoms of GERD can be relieved through home remedies, like diet and lifestyle changes, as well as quitting smoking, avoiding overeating, losing weight and decreasing alcohol intake. GERD is also treated with prescription medications or sometimes surgery, depending on its severity. We'll help decide which—from diet modification and medication therapy to surgery—is best for you.

Treatment plans for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type of GERD and personal preferences. Options for GERD treatment may include:

GERD Revision

Sometimes, an initially successful surgery to relieve symptoms of GERD can fail for a variety of reasons. A failed GERD procedure can cause serious symptoms and should be evaluated by a gastroenterologist with experience in GERD revision procedures.

Symptoms of a failed GERD procedure include:

  • ​Severe and/or recurring heartburn
  • Frequent coughing and choking
  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma
  • Voice changes
  • Recurring sinus infections

Specialized Centers for GERD and Acid Reflux

At the Heartburn and Acid Reflux Center​ at Baylor Scott & White Clinic – Round Rock 302 University, we've developed a comprehensive approach for the diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux, combining highly skilled physicians and the latest technology to provide effective solutions.​

The Center for Esophageal Diseases at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, features gastroenterologists, interventional endoscopists, laryngologists, esophageal surgeons and thoracic surgeons on the Baylor University Medical Center staff who have focused expertise in diagnosing and treating disorders of the esophagus, including symptoms of acid reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus and difficulty swallowing disorders. For a referral to a gastroenterologist specializing in chronic symptoms of GERD and other esophageal conditions, call 1.844.BSW.DOCS (1.844.279.3627) or search here​​.​

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