GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a condition that affects roughly 66 million Americans every year. It is characterized by symptoms such as chest pain, upper abdominal pain, and difficulty breathing. At Surgical Associates of South Florida, LLC in South Miami, FL, we treat you based on the cause of your disease. Here’s what you need to know.
The Most Effective GERD Treatment Options
If GERD is caused by obesity, weight loss may be the only effective treatment solution. Obesity causes this condition because excess fat puts severe pressure on the upper abdomen. Furthermore, obesity can lead to an increase in estrogen production, which can cause stomach acid to flow up into your esophagus.
While some people can lose weight and keep it off on their own, others need professional help. At Surgical Associates of South Florida, LLC in South Miami, FL, we offer several medical weight loss solutions, including sleeve gastrectomy and ORBERA, to help people lose a significant amount of excess weight and keep it off for life.
Fundoplication is the most commonly performed procedure for the correction of GERD symptoms. It involves using a laparoscope to see down your throat so the top of your stomach can be sewn around your esophagus. The result of this procedure is increased pressure to the bottom of your esophagus, which mitigates the risk of acid reflux.
Hiatal Hernia Repair
Hiatal hernias are holes in the diaphragm, also known as the hiatus, that allow food and beverages to enter the stomach through the esophagus. This causes the stomach to slide upwards into your chest and facilitates acid reflux. When left untreated, hiatal hernias can lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease.
At Surgical Associates of South Florida, LLC in South Miami, FL, we use a revolutionary technique known as robotic hernia surgery to repair hiatal hernias without making several extensive incisions across the abdominal wall. Rather, a small incision is made in the belly button, and a daVinci® surgical robot is used to manipulate the necessary instruments in ways that no human can.
The LINX™ reflux management system is a laparoscopic treatment method that restores the reflux barrier without permanently changing the anatomy of your lower esophagus and upper abdomen. This reflux management system features a flexible ring of magnets that prevents reflux from occurring by keeping the lower esophageal sphincter closed.
The only time the lower esophageal sphincter opens is when swallowing. Once foods or beverages pass through the lower esophageal sphincter, the magnets reactivate and it is closed once more. This treatment is ideal for women who are only experiencing gastroesophageal pain due to a temporary condition, like pregnancy.
Learn More About Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Treatment Today
If you suffer from regular nausea, bad breath, respiratory problems, or vomiting, you probably have GER or GERD. While there are some at-home treatment steps you can take, they may not be enough to treat the disease completely.
If you have tried to treat this condition on your own with limited success, we can help. Please contact us today at Surgical Associates of South Florida, LLC in South Miami, FL to schedule your initial consultation. Whether you’re just looking for more information or you need professional help to lose weight, we’re here for you.