GERD / Acid Reflux
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also referred to as acid reflux, is a chronic disorder that occurs when stomach contents flow backwards into the esophagus, resulting in heartburn and other symptoms. It is caused by a malfunctioning valve between the esophagus and the stomach. About one in five American adults suffers from GERD.
At Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, our skilled affiliated physicians take a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of GERD, employing the latest technologies to help our patients feel better fast.
What are the Symptoms of GERD?
Sufferers of GERD typically experience frequent, painful heartburn caused by regurgitation of stomach contents, including acid, bile or undigested food. Other symptoms may include chest pain, painful swallowing, bloating, chronic coughing, clearing of the throat, hoarseness and tooth enamel decay.
If left untreated, this condition can lead to potentially serious complications, including damage to the esophagus and esophageal cancer.
How is Acid Reflux Treated?
We offer several treatment options for patients suffering from GERD, ranging from lifestyle changes and diet modification to medication therapy and surgery. Your physician will help you determine which treatment is right for you, depending on the severity of your condition.
For patients with severe acid reflux for whom medication and lifestyle changes do not provide relief, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights is pleased to offer the new LINX® Reflux Management System, the only1 available FDA-approved device to treat severe acid reflux at the source.
To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call (713) 867-GERD
or fill out the Contact Us form on the right.
1 As of May 2018.