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.
Read more information about Acid Reflux symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment.
Acid Reflux and GERD Treatment
In many cases, GERD can be relieved through diet and lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, avoiding overeating, losing weight and decreasing alcohol intake. GERD is also treated with medication 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 may include:
Sometimes, an initially successful surgery to relieve 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
- Voice changes
- Recurring sinus infections
Specialized Centers for GERD and Acid Reflux
Heartburn and Acid Reflux Center at 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 at Dallas features gastroenterologists, interventional endoscopists, laryngologists, esophageal surgeons and thoracic surgeons on the Baylor Dallas medical staff who have focused expertise in diagnosing and treating disorders of the esophagus, including acid reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, and swallowing disorders.