LINX for Heartburn: A Dysphagia Problem

Rick sent us this question: Good Afternoon Dr. Darido … I am about 9 weeks out from placement of the Linx device and repair of a hiatal hernia. I currently am experiencing dysphagia as well as regurgitation of the contents of the esophagus. I have discussed my...

Functional Heartburn and Heartburn Pills

Louise from Houston asked us this interesting question: When pH, motility and gastric emptying tests come back negative, yet there is still heartburn and only partial response to a PPI, what does one do?  especially if one's eGFR is in the 40's.  Do you save...

Does Coffee Give You Heartburn?

Does Coffee Give You Heartburn?

Coffee is the most commonly consumed beverage after water. Coffee fuels our culture and is readily available around every corner in Houston. Coffee is rich in caffeine and tannins, two substances that are known to cause heartburn. It is believed that caffeine and tannins relax...

Robotic Hiatal Hernia Repair for Severe Heartburn

Robotic Hiatal Hernia Repair for Severe Heartburn

Question of the week from Reginald in Houston: I had surgery for hiatal hernia in 2014. I re-experienced reflux after 15 months and began taking Omeprazole. This seemed to work. In the last 4 months other symptoms have begun and my surgeon had me go...

Heartburn Treatment Options in Houston

Heartburn Treatment Options in Houston

Question of the week from Grace in Houston: I have been on heartburn medications for 19 years since my gallbladder surgery in 2000. What else can help control my GERD? Dear Grace, Heartburn pills are neither the most effective nor the only treatment option for GERD. Indeed,...

Heartburn Pills: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Heartburn pills or Proton Pump Inhibitors also known as PPIs, are powerful stomach acid suppressors commonly used by thousands of acid reflux patients in Houston. A number of heartburn pills like Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid are readily available over the counter. PPIs are also commonly...

Valentine’s Day, Chocolate, and Heartburn

Valentine’s Day, Chocolate, and Heartburn

Valentine’s Day is synonymous with chocolate and flowers. Love may hurt sometimes, but chocolate may hurt you more. If you or your loved one suffers from acid reflux, heartburn may disrupt your Valentine’s day. Chocolate, rich in fat, sugar, and caffeine triggers heartburn in most...

Heartburn Treatment after Sleeve Gastrectomy

Heartburn Treatment after Sleeve Gastrectomy

Cherie from Houston sent us this question: Can some type of Fundoplication be done if I’ve had a Sleeve Procedure?  It’s been 3 years and symptoms of my acid reflux are worse. Recent UGI showed almost continuous episodes of spontaneous gastroesophageal reflux. Looking for options other...

Weight Lifting, Hiatal Hernia, and Acid Reflux

Weight Lifting, Hiatal Hernia, and Acid Reflux

Case Presentation: Allen is a pleasant 60-year-old male with new onset heartburn, food regurgitation, bloating and excessive burping. He is otherwise healthy and maintains a healthy lifestyle. 6 months prior to presenting to Houston heartburn and Reflux Center, Allen started heavy weight lifting. He was...