GERD Surgery in Houston: When and Where?

GERD Surgery in Houston: When and Where?

GERD surgery in the form of laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair and Nissen fundoplication is the most reliable treatment for severe acid reflux disease, but only in the hands of the expert. Expert acid reflux surgeons at Houston heartburn and reflux Center dedicate their practice to...

New Year, New Resolution: Take control of Your Heartburn

New Year, New Resolution: Take control of Your Heartburn

Year after year 30% of all Houstonians struggle with recurrent heartburn, food regurgitation, persistent dry cough and constant bloating. These are some of the symptoms that indicate GERD also known as acid reflux. Acid reflux is a chronic medical problem that affects many aspects of...

Gerd Awareness Week

National GERD Awareness Week: Why Does It Matter?

November 18 – 24 is GERD awareness week. 30% of the population in Houston suffer from recurrent GERD related symptoms like heartburn and food regurgitation. GERD is a common disease with serious consequences that range from esophageal dysmotility to cancer. Unfortunately, most GERD patients in...

Question of the week: GERD Treatment Options

Question of the week: GERD Treatment Options I am 30 years old. I have had reflux for almost five years now. It used to be present mostly at night, so I used Zantac 150 mg every night for about 4 and a half years. Last year,...

Why Is GERD a Progressive Disease?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a multifactorial problem that tends to get worse with time. GERD patients start with occasional symptoms like heartburn and food regurgitation once or twice a month. This is the first stage of GERD. Symptoms are effectively controlled by lifestyle changes that...

End Stage Acid Reflux Disease

A 63-year-old female presented to my office with severe heartburn and food regurgitation uncontrolled with high dose antacid medications. As a teenager, she started having heartburn. Over the years, her GERD related symptoms including heartburn and food regurgitation have slowly progressed. About 10 years ago,...

Thanksgiving Dinner and GERD

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It is a great to be thankful for the blessings we enjoy every day of our life. Like other holidays, Thanksgiving is celebrated with family and friends around a lavish table of rich food, decadent desserts and...

The Short Esophagus in the Era of PPIs

One of the hallmarks of gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD, is a retracted esophagus into the mediastinum in response to repeated cycles of acid reflux. Indeed, chronic acid reflux contributes to the development and worsening of a hiatal hernia. Acid reflux causes the squamo-columnar junction to...

Esophageal Outflow Obstruction and GERD

This particular patient I have just treated is quite interesting and worth sharing. The patient is young man who has been suffering with acid reflux for the past 15 years. He is currently in his early thirties and his GERD related symptoms are poorly controlled...

An Evidence Based Approach to the Treatment of GERD

I read with great interest this elegant review on acid reflux disease by Dr. Marco Patti from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The study was recently published in JAMA Surgery, previously known as Archives of Surgery. Dr. Patti conducted a PubMed review...