Fundoplication Surgery for Heartburn treatment

Fundoplication Surgery for Heartburn treatment

Jason from North Houston sent us this question: TIF vs. Toupet fundoplication: how is that decided??  Thanks so much. Dear Jason, I am not sure in what context you are asking this question. Comparing TIF to fundoplication surgery for acid reflux is like comparing oranges to apples....

Gastroparesis in the Setting of Pancreatitis

Brenda from Houston sent us this question: “I recently had an ERCP with stenting since the doctors were suspecting that I had stones in my bile duct. The day after I have a gallbladder surgery. Immediately after, I developed post ERCP pancreatitis. Now, almost 6...

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...