Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common condition that pushes stomach contents into the esophagus, throat, and mouth. GERD may cause severe challenges to your general health, wellness, and other aspects of digestion. The Bariatric Experts handle Abilene, Denton, and Frisco gerd cases through a personalized treatment approach. If you are in Texas, book an appointment with Dr. Scott Towers’ team to alleviate heartburn symptoms.
What is Heartburn?
Heartburn refers to the most common symptom of acid reflux affecting about forty-two to sixty-four million Americans. If affected, you may experience heartburn at different times of the day. The root cause of your heartburns may vary from one patient to the next.
Acid ascends the esophagus to irritate your throat, deliver a sour taste in the mouth, and make your breath more unpleasant. In case of a hiccup, food and acid may regurgitate into your mouth. Regurgitation may also occur when bending, burping, or lying flat.
GERD may cause severe chest pain and long-term damage to cause Esophagitis/ inflammation of the esophagus in severe cases. Signs like extreme chest pain and trouble in swallowing are common signs of cardiac arrests and esophageal cancer.
Why Does GERD Occur?
Your stomach generates acid that plays a vital role in digesting your ingested food. The esophageal sphincter contains the acid in your stomach to avoid. If the esophageal sphincter gets weak, the acid refluxes/ backs up into the esophagus, resulting in discomfort and burning.
A Gastroesophageal Valve may malfunction due to excessive smoking, eating, pregnancy, high alcohol intake, hiatal hernia, or certain food chemicals. If left untreated, the valve grows weaker as the reflux strains to work as required.
Can I Disregard GERD Symptoms?
Pregnancy, obesity, and hernias generate pressure that makes your gastroesophageal valve weaker. Lack of adequate support malfunctions the valve and magnifies the acid reflux.
GERD is an uncomfortable condition that doesn’t self-correct, hence the need for immediate intervention and a flexible treatment plan. If left unchecked, acid reflux improves your chances of developing preventable health complications.
GERD discomfort can disrupt your family life, work life, and hinder your ability to enjoy less demanding activities throughout the day. The Bariatric Experts offer effective and long-term relief from gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Treatment for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Treating GERD involves searching for the underlying causes of your symptoms. The doctor considers your diet, health history, the severity of symptoms and performs more tests to determine the extent of damage and viable remedies for your condition.
Your treatment plan may start from changing your diet by consuming less fatty foods, spicy meals, coffee, and alcoholic beverages. Besides adjusting what you consume, prescription medication and surgery come in handy to manage GERD symptoms.
Other Services Offered at the Bariatric Experts
Other than treatments for GERD, you may visit the Bariatric Experts for a specialized approach to:
- Gastric sleeve
- Gastric bypass
- Surgery revisions
- Robotic surgery
- Gastric band removal
- Comprehensive weight loss program
- Path to weight loss surgery
The Bariatric Experts specialize in offering personalized treatment for the conditions highlighted above. If you need to gain control of your health, contact the practice for a consultation and discover viable treatment options for your gastroesophageal reflux disease.