Do you suffer from repeated bouts of heartburn?
Do you get the taste of sour fluids in your throat?
Do you suffer from belching attacks?
Do you have pain in your upper abdomen?
Do you have a chronic cough or hoarseness?
Do you suffer from nausea and vomiting?
Do you have difficulty sleeping?
Do you have asthma or asthma-like symptoms?
Do you excessively clear your throat?
Do you have a dependency on acid-reducing medication in order to live your life?
What is Gerd?
A common problem suffered by so many of us! More than 44% of all adults, 61 million people, experience heartburn at least once a month. 20% of the population have heartburn at least once a week and 9% have heartburn each day. 5% of the population will, at some point, require physician directed surgical therapy involving the creation of a Nissen or Toupet Fundoplication. Many will be candidates for the revolutionary new incision-free ESOPHYX procedure.
Patients having severe heartburn may feel as though they are having a heart attack.
The esophagus normally has a neutral pH, which means that it is neither acidic nor alkaline. The stomach produces acid for the digestion of food. A muscular valve separates the esophagus and stomach. This valve is commonly referred to as the antireflux valve or gastroesophageal valve (GEV). When operating properly this valve between the esophagus and stomach opens to allow food to pass after swallowing. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is caused by acid that escapes from the stomach through this one-way valve located at the top of the stomach. The acid travels all of the way back into the throat. The stomach acid passes into the esophagus, producing symptoms of heartburn and acid regurgitation. Damage to the lining of the esophagus may occur, as well as damage to the lungs if the acid is inhaled. Precancerous changes to the esophagus rarely occur.
Along with malfunction of the valve, other problems may contribute to reflux such as a hiatus hernia, which is an abnormal sliding of the upper stomach into the chest, obstruction of the stomach outlet, overproduction of acid in the stomach or impaired function of the muscles of the esophagus.
Many people occasionally suffer from reflux, indigestion, and heartburn. When the GERD symptoms are no longer occasional and are constant, then the medical advice is advised. Once you have GERD, it usually does remains with you forever unless you seek medical intervention.
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Finally, Effective Long-Term Solutions for Chronic Acid Reflux!
Surgery is considered when symptoms do not improve with medications; if they repeatedly return after the medication is stopped; if lifelong medication is needed; if you are unwilling or unable to take medication for prolonged periods; or if there is severe damage to the esophagus due to reflux. A large hiatus hernia, esophageal ulcer, narrowing or change in the lining of the esophagus, such as Barrett’s esophagus may be further indications for surgical therapy. You may be a candidate for Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery or Esophyx.
Dr. Neil Floch and Dr. Craig Floch of FCB Surgical Specialists in Connecticut can provide you with the permanent solution to these problems. Both surgeons are highly acclaimed pioneers in the procedures, having performed acid reflux surgeries for ten years and offering Lap Nissen, Lap Toupet, Esophyx (TIF), Hiatal Hernia and Paraesophageal Hernia repair surgery. They will offer the safest professional surgical care to help you through the process of reclaiming your life without having these issues. You will be able to return to a healthy full life eating the foods you love and doing all of the activities that brought you so much enjoyment before you started to suffer from GERD.
We are totally committed to the cure for GERD and have developed a website that will present you with everything you may want to know about it. We offer you a detailed presentation on the various procedures that can be performed to cure it. Please visit us at www.antireflux.com.