Does Gastroparesis Cause Heartburn?

Denise from Humble sent us this question: “I have been diagnosed with gastroparesis, GERD, and gastritis. I've been dealing with burning in my stomach for 3 years. I take Nexium, Gaviscon and Pepcid, but I still have burning. Can the gastroparesis cause the burning in...

LINX Surgery Complications and Efficacy: A New Study

A new retrospective study of 553 acid reflux patients undergoing LINX surgery at a single institution was recently published in the journal of the American College of Surgeons. The lead author of the study is a paid consultant to Johnson & Johnson, the company that...

Do Hiatal Hernias Increase in Size with Weightlifting?

Do Hiatal Hernias Increase in Size with Weightlifting?

Ron from Houston sent us this question: ” I was diagnosed with Barret’s Esophagus and a small hiatus hernia 2 years ago during an endoscopy as I had excessive burping. However even after that I avoided certain foods but still continued to lift weight like max...

POEM after Toupet Fundoplication for Achalasia

Peter from Houston sent us this question: “I currently have a Toupet fundoplication and the latest testing shows that I have achalasia not allowing food to enter the stomach. Can a POEM be performed to correct the achalasia without disturbing the fundoplication? Therefore, I would...

The Tight Nissen Fundoplication

Sabrina from Houston sent us this question: “I have had acid after the Lap Nissen. It was wrapped too tight I couldn't get anything down. Any pills that I would take would get stuck. It had to be balloon twice. Now I guess the surgery...

Hoarse voice, chronic cough, pneumonia and GERD

Hoarse voice, chronic cough, pneumonia and GERD

Erik from Houston sent us this question: “About 18 months ago I began waking in the morning wheezing and coughing. That progressed from occasionally to daily and worsened. I had an EGD and colonoscopy last summer and was told I have Barrett's esophagus.  I was...

Will TIF Procedure Correct or Cure Dysphagia?

Will TIF Procedure Correct or Cure Dysphagia?

Donald from Houston sent me this question few days ago. Dysphagia or difficult swallowing is common with acid reflux. Constant gastric content reflux into the esophagus damages esophageal motility leading to difficulty swallowing. It is no surprise that GERD patients, with years of heartburn and...

Houston Heartburn Advocates Social Distancing

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, (short for coronavirus disease 2019), continues to spread in Houston and Texas. Coronavirus infection has reached a pandemic level and President Trump has declared a national emergency to fight the outbreak. The health and safety of our Houston community is our highest...

Heartburn Medications after Nissen Fundoplication

Sandy from Houston sent us this question: “I had partial Nissen 6 months ago. Just had an upper endoscope and my surgeon told me there was irritation in lining and I should take proton pump inhibitors again. I don’t feel that is correct route”. Dear Sandy, Properly...

Persistent Heartburn after Nissen Fundoplication

Persistent Heartburn after Nissen Fundoplication

Paula from Houston sent us this question: “Just had Nissen fundoplication surgery still having heartburn surgeon gave me an upper endoscopy said I'm not having reflux its anxiety. I don't know what to do”. Dear Paula, Heartburn is a symptom. Acid reflux is a disease. The gold...