According to the National Institutes of Health, some 15 million Americans experience Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) every day, making it the most common gastrointestinal-related diagnosis made by physicians.

  • GERD or reflux can be caused by a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the muscle which separates your esophagus from your stomach. The LES is a one-way valve that normally opens for limited amounts of time when you swallow.
  • Reflux occurs when digestive juices and stomach contents flow back into the esophagus.
  • The backflow of stomach contents can cause damage to the digestive system and, over time, may lead to Barrett’s esophagus or esophageal cancer.
  • GERD is a progressive disorder that will not resolve or go away on its own over time.

GERD symptoms may include:

  • Heartburn.
  • Difficulty Swallowing.
  • Regurgitation.
  • Chronic Cough.
Care to Move Beyond Heartburn & Reflux
Many Americans diagnosed with GERD are not fully satisfied with their current treatment options of diet and lifestyle changes and increasing doses of over-the-counter or prescription medications. Texas Health heartburn and reflux programs offer a variety of advanced diagnostic services, as well as surgical and non-surgical options to help you move beyond your symptoms of GERD to live more comfortably.
  • Diagnostic Tests
    • EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy): A procedure to diagnose and treat problems in the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first part of the small intestine).
    • Esophageal Manometry/Esophageal Motility Study: A test used to evaluate the motor function of the esophagus and/or prior to anti-reflux surgery.
    • 24-Hour pH Study: Used to determine the presence of acid reflux using a small, flexible tube inserted through the nose into the esophagus that remains in place for 24 hours for analysis.
    • BRAVO pH Study: A test in which a probe is placed onto the wall of the esophagus during an EGD. The probe monitors the frequency and duration of gastric reflux during a normal day.
  • Minimally Invasive Therapies
    • Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI): Available over the counter or by prescription to help suppress acid production and manage GERD symptoms.
    • Stretta Therapy: An endoscopic (incisionless) procedure used to deliver radiofrequency energy to the muscle between the stomach and esophagus to help improve muscle function and reduce reflux symptoms.
  • Outpatient Surgical Care
    • Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF): A procedure to restore the one-way operation of the LES to help alleviate valve-related GERD symptoms.
    • LINX: A laparoscopic surgical technique in which a magnetic device is implanted at the LES to restores its function.
    • Fundoplication: A laparoscopic procedure in which the LES is reinforced by wrapping a portion of the stomach around it, preventing further reflux with minimal side effects and eliminating the need for ongoing medication.

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