Are You Looking for a Heartburn Specialist in Houston?

Are You Looking for a Heartburn Specialist in Houston?

Acid reflux disease is a complex medical problem that affects every aspect of your life. Acid reflux prevents you from sleeping, resting, enjoying food, exercising … GERD is a chronic and progressive problem that slowly but surely takes over your life. Most heartburn patients self-medicate...

Does Fasting Increase Heartburn?

Does Fasting Increase Heartburn?

Sherman who suffers from weekly heartburn that is partially controlled with medications sent us this question: “Doers fasting increase heartburn?” Dear Sherman, There is a strong association between food intake and heartburn. Trigger food items like tomato sauce, and spicy dishes can precipitate a heartburn attack that...

Endoflip for Heartburn Treatment: Tailoring the Fundoplication

Endoflip for Heartburn Treatment: Tailoring the Fundoplication

Proper acid reflux testing is a crucial element of any successful heartburn and GERD management program. Endoflip, functional luminal imaging probe, is a relatively new testing modality that is finding its way into clinical practice. Endoflip uses an inflated balloon that is positioned within the...

Nissen vs Toupet Fundoplication for Heartburn Treatment

Nissen vs Toupet Fundoplication for Heartburn Treatment

Rick from Houston sent us this question: My acid reflux doctor gave me the option of partial, 270 degree also known as Toupet fundoplication or complete, 360 degree wrap, also known as Nissen fundoplication. My doctor explained that Nissen fundoplication is sometimes a little difficult...

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,...