In more severe cases of acid reflux or GERD, it’s likely that your doctor will recommend surgery to alleviate the symptoms and effects of the condition. Most acid reflux surgeries aim to repair the lower esophageal sphincter—or LES—a valve that can be damaged or weakened, causing acid reflux and GERD. Here are three acid reflux surgeries that could change your life:
“Heartburn”, “Acid reflux” and “GERD”. They’re terms that get tossed around a lot, not just in the reflux community but among regular people as well. Whether it’s a heartburn commercial on TV, an unasked for anecdote from Uncle Joe about the scope of his digestive issues, or a firsthand experience, chances are these three issues have in some way been a part of your life. So why is it that we still don’t understand what these terms mean? Today we're breaking down exactly how these terms are different.
Getting heartburn after eating hot wings or pizza is no surprise, but when it happens during something healthy like exercise, it can be pretty frustrating and confusing! Let’s take a look at what causes exercise-related heartburn and how you can overcome it.
Achalasia is a rare motility disorder that affects a person’s ability to empty their esophagus, or in other words, their ability to swallow. This impaired relaxation of the LES muscle is felt in different degrees by different people and this may be tied to the achalasia types from which they suffer. Learn more about the different types of achalasia and the best treatments for achalasia.
What is a laparoscopy? Or, what is laparoscopic surgery? For those of us used to the term, the insight comes immediately, but for someone who’s never heard about it, it can leave the procedure in a cloud of mystery as to the ins and the outs of the surgery. In that case, here is a little more information on laparoscopic surgeries and how they work.