Uncontrolled acid reflux can cause a host of uncomfortable symptoms, including a burning sensation in your chest, difficulty swallowing, chest pain, regurgitation of food or liquid, and the sensation of a lump in your throat. When these symptoms are poorly controlled by medications and lifestyle modifications, surgery may be the most effective course of treatment.
Continue reading to learn all about the treatment of this painful condition.
What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux occurs when acids from the stomach flow back to the esophagus, which is the tube that connects the stomach and mouth.
Uncontrolled acid reflux refers to those who continue to experience significant symptoms despite being treated.
Managing Symptoms with Medications and Lifestyle Modifications
In many cases, acid reflux can be effectively managed with medications that neutralize stomach acids (antacids), medications that block acid production and heal the esophagus (proton pump inhibitors), and medications that reduce acid production (H-2 receptor blockers).
Additionally, lifestyle modifications may help alleviate acid reflux and associated symptoms. These include eating smaller, more frequent meals, avoiding certain foods and beverages, and not laying down for 2 hours after eating.
For patients with GERD or severe acid reflux, surgery is often the best option.
Fundoplication is a common approach that is minimally invasive and can be performed laparoscopically. It involves partially or completely wrapping the upper part of the stomach around the lower esophageal sphincter. This tightens the muscle and inhibits acid from flowing into the esophagus.
A LINX device is another minimally-invasive surgical option for unresponsive acid reflux. It uses the magnetic attraction of metal beads to close the junction between the stomach and esophagus.
While this approach blocks refluxing acid, it does allow food to easily pass from the esophagus to the stomach.
Learn More About the Treatment of Uncontrolled Acid Reflux
For additional information about treating uncontrolled acid reflux, please call our office today at (301) 965-0546 to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented providers.