Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease; Why Does It Occur, Treatments
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Excessive weight can lead to diseases, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). But, it would be best if you did not worry as a Frisco GERD specialist and a bariatric surgeon can help manage your condition. Call the Bariatric Experts offices today to schedule your consultation.
What Is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)?
GERD occurs when stomach acid flows back to the esophagus. The disease causes the inflammation of the esophagus lining, causing uncomfortable symptoms such as:
- Chest pain.
- Heartburn that worsens at night.
- A sensation of a lump in your throat.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Regurgitation of food.
What Are the Causes of GERD?
GERD usually occurs due to acid reflux. When you swallow, your sphincter relaxes to let food into your stomach and then closes. However, when the sphincter is weak, the stomach acid can flow back into your esophagus, causing heartburn.
The sphincter may malfunction due to:
- Certain chemicals in foods.
- Excessive eating.
- Drinking alcohol.
The condition may worsen as the acid reflux continues.
Some of the factors that may increase your risk for GERD include:
- Delayed stomach emptying.
- Connective tissue disorder.
Usually, you can manage GERD symptoms with lifestyle modifications and over-the-counter medications. However, some individuals may require surgery to relieve their symptoms.
When to Seek Medical Attention?
GERD does not go away by itself. When left untreated, it may cause severe health issues. In addition, the uncomfortable symptoms may interfere with your daily life, lowering your quality of life.
Luckily, there are effective treatments for GERD, so relax. Bariatric Experts offer customized treatments to enhance your quality of life.
Your provider first recommends lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications before proceeding to other treatments.
Prescribed medications for GERD may include:
- H-2-receptor blockers- They include famotidine and nizatidine. However, long-term use of these medications may increase your risk for vitamin B-12 deficiency and bone fractures.
- Proton pump inhibitors- They may cause symptoms such as headache, diarrhea, and nausea.
- Baclofen- To strengthen the sphincter relieving GERD.
When medications do not ease your symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery. Your surgery options may include:
- Fundoplication- It involves a laparoscopic procedure to wrap the top of your stomach at the lower esophageal sphincter, preventing acid reflux.
- Transoral incisionless fundoplication- It is the tightening of the lower esophageal sphincter by creating a partial wrap using polypropylene fasteners. The procedures happen through the mouth with an endoscope; hence no need for a surgical incision.
- LINX device- It involves wrapping the junction of the stomach and esophagus with a ring of tiny magnetic beads. The beads allow the junction to close and open, effectively preventing acid reflux.
Contact a GERD Specialist Today
GERD causes uncomfortable symptoms that can disrupt your life. If you suffer from GERD, contact the Bariatric Experts today for a consultation and reliable treatment.