LINX for Heartburn and Difficulty Swallowing

LINX for Heartburn and Difficulty Swallowing

Jeremy from Houston sent us this question: “I am a 68-year-old male pretty healthy and had the LINX procedure 6 months ago. I never had many of the problems people were complaining about on Facebook. Acid reflux at night completely gone but I do struggle...

Probiotics for GERD and Heartburn

Probiotics for GERD and Heartburn

The gut microbiome is composed of millions of microbes living in symbiosis and regulating a number of physiologic processes including gastrointestinal motility. GERD, a multifactorial gastrointestinal motility disorder, may partly result from gut microbiome dysbiosis. Manipulation of gut microbes through diet, prebiotics, probiotics and fecal...

Best Treatment for Gastroparesis?

Best Treatment for Gastroparesis?

Question of The Week from Debbie in Houston: “I have gastroparesis and I am not responding to medication. My GI doctor recommended that I have pyloroplasty done. While I know this will not cure the gastroparesis, what other recommendations do you have to treat it? I...

A Cancer Linked Compound Found in Zantac

The FDA found a cancer causing chemical in Zantac, a popular heartburn medication that reduces stomach acid. Thousands of Houstonians use prescription and OTC Zantac to control their acid reflux symptoms. The carcinogenic contaminant known as NDMA, N-nitrosodimethylamine, was recently found in Valsartan, a blood...

Are You a Candidate for Nissen Fundoplication?

Are You a Candidate for Nissen Fundoplication?

Julia from Humble sent us this question: “If one is not a candidate for a Nissen Fundoplication due to poor motility and a previous Nissen, would it be possible to have Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery to alleviate reflux? Thank you.” Dear Julia, At Houston Heartburn and Reflux Center, very...

Does LINX Device Cause Chest Pain?

Does LINX Device Cause Chest Pain?

Amy and Rebecca from Houston Sent us these two heartburn acid reflux related questions over the past few days: Amy, “I have had the Linx procedure about 2 years ago and have suffered with chest pain many times. Feels like a heart attack and pain takes hours...

Nissen fundoplication and Dysphagia

Nissen Fundoplication and Dysphagia

“Clinical Significance of Esophageal Outflow resistance Imposed by a Nissen Fundoplication”, is a new study published by Demeester el al in the journal of the American College of Surgeons, JACS. Using esophageal manometry, the authors measured intrabolus pressure in normal subjects and in acid reflux...

Nissen Fundoplication Improves Quality of Life

Nissen Fundoplication Improves Quality of Life

“Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication improves disease specific quality of life in patients with GERD and functional esophageal outflow obstruction” is a recently published study in Surgical Endoscopy. The authors demonstrate that functional esophageal outflow obstruction noted on manometry in acid reflux patients is not a contraindication...