Have you recently been diagnosed with GERD and are curious about what to expect from your reflux surgery?
What Is GERD?
GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease occurs when the contents of your stomach are being directed in to your esophagus which can cause severe damage and discomfort
Symptoms of GERD include dysphagia, sore throat, wheezing, chronic cough and asthma.
How is GERD treated?
The first step in treating GERD is through lifestyle changes and through the use of medications.
Lifestyle changes generally recommended by medical professionals include weight loss, reducing the consumption of carbonated beverages, alcohol or caffeine and avoidance of spicy, citrus or acidic foods.
Proton pump inhibitor medications and H2 receptor blockers are among the most commonly recommended medications.
Surgery for GERD
When lifestyle and medications are not able to effectively treat your GERD your doctor may recommend surgery.
Furthermore, if you prefer surgery as a first line treatment for your GERD you should speak with you doctor to let them know.
During your GERD surgery your doctor will perform a procedure to recreate the barrier which prevents reflux from occurring by wrapping a portion of your stomach around the bottom of your esophagus.
Most anti reflux surgeries are performed via a laparoscopy which is a minimally invasive surgical technique.
Pre Surgery Testing
Your doctor will perform a series of tests to see if you are a surgical candidate to treat your GERD.
These tests usually consist of an upper endoscopy, a 24-hour pH test, an esophageal impedance pH study, and a manometry.
Perhaps the most important step to take when seeking treatment for your GERD symptoms is to meet with a board certified and qualified physician.
The physicians and staff at Maryland Bariatrics are available to walk you through your surgical options when it come to your GERD symptoms.
To learn more about what we do at Maryland Bariatrics visit our website or call us today to schedule an initial consultation at (301)965-0546.