We provide comprehensive and compassionate treatment to all patients suffering from reflux disease and heartburn. Reflux disease is a chronic and progressive condition with serious long-term consequences. We know that each patient is unique and one pill does not fit all. Our mission at Houston Heartburn and Reflux Center is to educate, treat, and prevent.

Houston Acid Reflux Specialist

Houston Heartburn and Reflux Center, the practice of Dr. Elias Darido, is dedicated to the treatment of heartburn, acid reflux surgery, and other disorders affecting the gastro-esophageal area. Dr. Darido’s goal is to provide excellence in treatment along with compassionate care in a highly specialized treatment center. Dr. Darido is renowned for his expertise in advanced minimally invasive reflux surgery (small incision surgery). Read more.

Dr. Elias Darido discusses Acid Reflux Management

Watch Dr. Darido explain Acid Reflux management at a recent program of Great Day Houston with Deborah Duncan.

The Symptoms that indicate Acid Reflux

Acid reflux varies widely from person to person by presenting different symptoms, precipitated by different triggers, and occurring at different times of the day. Heartburn is the classic symptom of acid reflux. Severe heartburn may cause chest pain. Acid reflux can reach the upper esophagus and neck area leading to sour mouth taste, sore throat, dry cough, and hoarseness.

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A Unique Center Dedicated For Acid Reflux Treatment

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William Hopwood
William Hopwood
21:53 22 Sep 17
I spent weeks looking for the best surgeon in the US for reflux treatment and surgery. This included looking very carefully at profiles and reviews for every relevant doctor in the top-rated GI clinics such as John Hopkins and Cleveland Clinic. I even when so far as to set up a profile with Mayo Clinic's main campus. I was lucky enough to have insurance that would go anywhere, and so I was determined to find the very best specialist in the U.S. I’m happy to say that without a doubt I did find the best specialist and surgeon in the U.S. for reflux treatment and surgery. Getting the best surgeon is really important for heartburn surgery. Studies show that surgeons make a much higher number of mistakes the first 20-30 times they perform the procedure, and many routinely wrap the fundus too tight so that large percentages of their patients can’t swallow. This never happens with Dr. Darido’s patients. If you study a lot, you will see that the literature is full of references to injured livers, injured aortas, injured spleens, perforated stomachs, and so on, in association with this procedure. There are also too many cases of a totally failed procedure in which the wrap comes undone, slips out of place, or migrates upwards and herniates through the diaphragm. Chronic reflux is not something to fool around with. Unless properly treated it can, and sometime does, progress to a very deadly form of cancer. Surgery is not always necessary, but when it is necessary Nissen Fundoplication is the unquestioned gold standard for resolving the problem. Dr. Darido “lives and breathes” the reflux fundoplication procedure, although he won’t recommend the procedure unless it is necessary. He doesn’t do gall bladders, colons, appendices, livers, and so on, as do virtually all surgeons that do the fundoplication procedure. And he doesn’t mess around with some of the other “gimmicky” procedures that attract those looking for a simpler or cheaper solution to their reflux problem. My suggestion is that if you are going to get it done, then get it done right. I arrived on a Monday for my first appointment with medical records in hand. He did some tests on Tuesday and Wednesday and did the surgery on Thursday. After the surgery they gave me a button to press for morphine to control pain, but I never pressed it one time, and every time they asked my level of pain, I told them “zero.” I was sore in the abdomen to bend and move, but there was no pain at rest. Another thing is that he told me to throw away my PPI’s after the surgery. I was taking 40 mg Nexium two times a day, and even with that abnormally high dosage I didn’t have 100 percent pain control. But after the surgery I was immediately pain free and able to sleep on my left or right side. I was totally cured of the reflux. I could say a whole lot more. But the bottom line is that Dr. Darido is the best in the U.S. Above all, don’t be afraid of the surgery if that’s what you need. You will be in the best hands.read more
David
David
19:57 30 Aug 17
After suffering from acid reflux for more than 40 years and all of the OTC remedies stopped working, I saw Dr. Darido's commercial on TV. Not really knowing how it could be fixed, I made an appointment. Dr. Darido was very kind and took the time to explain all of the options. After determining the correct option for me, the process was smooth. Dr. Darido explained everything along the way. Almost 2 full weeks after the surgery, I wonder what took me so long to have it done.Bottom line. You don't have to suffer any longer and Dr. Darido took excellent care of me. Cudos also to his staff who kept me well informed of all the dates and times. They were always very kind and helpful. I highly recommend Dr. Darido!read more
Luciana Lazzari
Luciana Lazzari
17:44 30 May 17
Dr. Darido and his staff are excellent! Great service, very patient oriented. All my questions and emails were answered promptly. First consultation was excellent. Dr. Darido explained every detail of my surgery, making me feel very comfortable and confident. He is very personable and is always available to answer all questions you might have. I'm thankful I have found him.read more
David Abrigo Jr
David Abrigo Jr
16:47 26 May 17
Years and years of suffering from major heartburn and acid reflux. Multiple trips to multiple different doctors and finally it's gone. Heard a radio add for Dr. Darido and figured to give him a call. From the very first visit I knew I finally would have this issue resolved. Very first thing Dr. Darido told me was there would be NO pills involved. Pills were the only thing that had ever been given to me by the other doctors. Had my surgery last Thursday and for the first time in about 15 years I was able to fall asleep with no pain. Thank You Dr. Darido. You have helped change my life.read more
Omar de Leon
Omar de Leon
22:31 02 Jun 17
I was led to Dr. Darido by the divine grace of God! I was at the end of my struggle with acid reflux/heartburn/hiatal hernia and all of the misery that comes along with it. I learned through a gastroenterologist a few years ago that I had developed a hiatal hernia and thus was causing the problem I was suffering with related to acid reflux and GERD. I was told then that I was not yet a candidate for surgery and therefore had to resort to what most people are " told" and that is to take medicine or OTC meds and change your diet. Well I tried that and more and what I concluded was that I was simply putting a band aid on the problem. It was only intensifying and getting worst and worst as everything I ate or drank would cause horrific acid reflux and it just seemed as if it was a LOST CAUSE! I was watching everything I ate and drank and it did not seem to matter! There were many nightmares I went through thinking the symptoms were heart related or something along that nature and caused a lot of anxiety and nervousness because the symptoms of a hiatal hernia oftentimes are very similar to that of heart related issues. I had extensive medical background checks and all were ruled out relating to a heart condition. In a moment of almost sure despair, I detoured home one day on the way to work because I couldn't take this anymore and decided to go online to search for someone who could help me. This is when God guided me to Dr. Darido! His staff was able to secure me an appointment to see Dr. Darido that very day! I felt I was in HEAVEN the minute I walked in because I knew I was closer than ever to finally getting this problem adjourned! Dr. Darido concluded that the PROBLEM WAS IN FACT THE HIATAL HERNIA after an endoscopy was performed at a surgical center near by. I was then informed that the surgery was the answer to the problem. My surgery was scheduled for a Thursday and I was home the next evening! I was so excited and relieved at the same time that Dr. Darido and his staff were to nice and so professional during the entire process. I would rate Dr. Darido 10 STARS but you are only given 5 stars on this review post! HE is the MAN in all of Houston for this problem!! This is how much I recommend HIM to anybody having issues with Acid Reflux, Heartburn, GERD, Hiatal Hernia or anything related to this. I suffered this for many many years, so trust me when I tell you I know what I am saying to you. Do not put it off anymore, start to enjoy your life again and eat and drink what you once enjoyed, go and see Dr. Darido and his staff, YOU will NEVER REGRET IT!!read more
Philip Taylor
Philip Taylor
04:07 05 Dec 17
Dr. Darido is one of the best doctors I've seen. I had suffered from heartburn and GERD nearly my entire life. Dr. Darido performed a Laparascopic NIssen Fundoplication on me and for the first time in decades I am free of indigestion, heartburn, and GERD symptoms without taking pills. I highly recommend a visit to Dr. Darido if you are suffering from GERD symptoms. Dr. Darido is a life changer.read more
Melanie Hagerty
Melanie Hagerty
16:57 05 Dec 17
Dr. Darido did my Nissen Fundoplication with Hiatal Hernia repair in February 2017 and 10 months later I am SO happy and grateful that I had this surgery! Since childhood I suffered with severe acid reflux, taking Protonix, Prilosec, Zantac, and Tums multiple times per day and it was getting worse as I got older. Now I can honestly say I am acid reflux FREE with NO medication. I can eat spicy food and drink coffee and alcohol with absolutely no reflux. This was a life changing surgery that has greatly improved my health and happiness. I would highly recommend Dr. Darido - he is knowledgeable, experienced, and explains everything thoroughly. Thank you, Dr. Darido!read more
Miriam Ruiz
Miriam Ruiz
03:31 08 Jan 18
Because I found a GREAT, knowledgeable, professional with a light touch doctor and a wonderful team who did a PERFECT Hiatal Hernia Laparoscopy. I'm glad I was watching TV at the right time and was able to find the right place, Houston Heartburn and Reflux center, after listening to his center TV advertisement.My surgery had a speedy recovery and beautifully healing time. What else I can expect? Kudos and THANK YOU to Dr. Darido's blessed hands! Respectfully,M. Ruizread more
Scott Grice
Scott Grice
02:22 09 Feb 18
I have been suffering from acid reflux for over thirty years. I would wake up several times a week with acid in my mouth, throat and windpipe. It caused sever coughing in the middle of the night. I had to sleep elevated and that still didn’t stop acid from coming up. I had to really watch what I ate and drank. I would still eat some spicy food but I knew what the consequences were going to be. Even taking medication. I have taken all of the OTC medications for about twenty years. Taking medication was just part of my life. I learned to accept the pain and discomfort of GERD and acid reflux and all the meds that came with it. My wife and I were watching Check This Out Houston and Dr. Darido was on there. After watching it my wife encouraged me to set up a consultation with Dr. Darido. After the consultation Dr. Darido set up several test to determine the severity of my condition. He diagnosed me with Barret’s Esophagus and a Hiatal Hernia. Barret’s Esophagus, if untreated can turn into cancer. Dr. Darido was very reassuring that if he performed the Nissen Fundoplication with Hiatal Hernia repair that my acid reflux would be cured and the Barret’s Esophagus would not get any worse. I can’t stress enough how painless the surgery was. I went to the hospital one morning and was home the next evening. While in the hospital, I was up and walking around a few hours after the surgery. As long as I was resting in bed there was no pain at all! While walking around the hospital there was minor discomfort. I was amazed that there just wasn’t any pain! This type of procedure can have its complications if not done by a skilled professional surgeon. Dr. Darido is that and much more! He cares for his patients more than any other doctors. If you met him out and about you would never know he is a renowned surgeon. He is just a great guy that happens to be amazingly skilled at what he does! He was very encouraging for me to quit smoking. He was very personable every time I went to his office. He will explain in great detail every test, every procedure, the diagnosis and the treatment. You will be able to make a very informed decision on your treatment. Dr. Darido also preforms all the tests and procedures throughout the entire process. Dr. Darido, his staff and the hospital are all very professional but very personable. I didn’t have to make any appointments or deal with any insurance issues. Everything was taken care of for me so that I could concentrate on treatment. Not only is Dr. Darido very skilled and professional, he surrounds himself with likeminded staff and personnel. I tip my hat to Dr. Darido and everyone that I came into contact with during this process. It has been almost one month since my surgery and I DON’T HAVE ANY symptoms of GERD or acid reflux. I am pill and antacid free. I have lost 15 pounds. Also, thanks to Dr. Darido’s encouragement, I have been cigarette free for four weeks now. I have tears in my eyes while writing this because I have not felt this good in several decades! I sleep all through the night. I didn’t know life could be this good! I can even lay on my side and hold my wife at night when going to sleep. Dr. Darido really has changed my life! I can’t thank him and his staff enough for what they have done for me. If you are reading this you must be considering going to see Dr. Darido. Quit thinking about it and just make the appointment!! It will be the best decision you will make in your life. Dr. Darido really is a game changer. From the moment you walk into his office until you are fully cured from acid reflux, Dr. Darido and his staff will reassure you that you made the right decision by their actions alone! Thanks again Dr. Darido for what you have done for me! Words cannot express my gratitude to you and your staff for the amazing change in my life! I can only hope that God blesses you with a very long and happy life so you can affect as many peoples life as possible the way you have mine! You are a very unforgettable doctor and person! God bless you and thanks so very much!read more
Roxana Heredia
Roxana Heredia
00:19 19 Mar 18
I don't even know where to start. But I need to start with the following: I am very fortunate to have found Dr. Elias Darido. I had a hiatal Hernia for many years and I was suffering from acid reflux for many years and I was not aware of how serious my condition was until Dr. Darido took care of me and made me aware of how large my hiatal hernia was. His service and attitude was very professional. He performed a hiatal Hernia repair laparoscopy surgery. He was not just very knowledgable, but very skilled.The surgery was a total success, the nurses and the whole team at First Hospital was just unbelievable. All I did was push the button for services and they were in my room in seconds asking me what I needed. I have never seen this amazing service at a hospital before. I highly recommend Dr. Elias Darido. Thank you Dr. For helping me!Roxanaread more
Daisy Hernandez
Daisy Hernandez
20:00 20 Apr 18
Dr. Darido great doctor. Billing manager thank you, you answered all my questions and you were able to explain everything that needed to explained. Thank you so much for all your help.read more
Bobby Crumpley
Bobby Crumpley
18:43 04 May 18
Thanks Dr. Darido! I had suffered from heartburn-like symptoms for some time and my doctors had prescribed medicine which only masked the symptoms. Even while on the medication, I often suffered from it every night. Dr. Darido educated me about the possible causes and potential solutions, then determined that I had an underlying condition that was causing the problem. A laparoscopic procedure was done and the symptoms are gone, no more waking up in pain, and no more medication to take every day.read more
Jennifer Jeffery
Jennifer Jeffery
16:24 11 May 18
Life changing surgery!!! Dr Darido and his staff are wonderful!! I highly recommend the surgery if you suffer from acid reflux
Andrea Maloy
Andrea Maloy
18:54 08 Jun 18
I heard of Dr. Darido from a friend of mine. Since seeing him, I’ve undergone surgery to correct/remove my hernia and relieve my acid reflux. I haven’t taken any medicine for acid reflux relief since a week before surgery. This is after taking Nexium everyday for 6 years. I’m very relieved and happy with the results. Although Dr. Darido can be a tough customer when it comes to pre-op diets and weight loss (which can be tough to hear sometimes), I’ve found that his methods and requests from his patients are for the best outcome in the end. I am so happy I went through with the surgery.read more
Kim Hampshire
Kim Hampshire
10:40 09 Feb 18
horrible. Then why was it suggested by you before? When you knew there were no other options for me. It’s ok for me to take the bone damaging meds and getting throat cancer is better I guess.read more
Daisy Hernandez
Daisy Hernandez
22:06 19 Apr 18
Wrong benefits given to me insurance show I'm to only pay certain amount they over charged me and of course I was never told he was out of network so now I cannot get refunded for what they over collected. Just wow , he is money hungryread more
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