Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, can take a toll on your everyday life. Symptoms of GERD can be uncomfortable and keep you from doing the things you love, whether that’s enjoying different cuisines, exercising, or just sleeping through the night. Reflux doesn’t have to ruin your life though, and many people with GERD have opted to treat the root cause of their GERD with anti-reflux surgery. Below are five amazing ways anti-reflux surgery can change your life for the better.
Enjoy No Reflux Symptoms
Because anti-reflux surgery treats the root cause of reflux, you’ll be able to enjoy a symptom-free life. As mentioned, GERD symptoms can be uncomfortable and impede your ability to live your life as you want to because you never know when your symptoms will flare up. Reflux surgery will help you live a symptom-free life and get back to doing the things you love most without worrying about when your next bout of reflux will flare up.
Catch More Zs
Many people suffering from GERD have issues sleeping because lying down often exacerbates reflux. Adequate sleep is essential to maintaining good health, and prolonged lack of sleep can cause other health issues in your life. After reflux surgery, sleeping through the night will likely be one of your favorite positive changes.
Worry Less About Trigger Foods
For many people with GERD, reflux symptoms can be triggered by certain foods—oftentimes foods they love the most. Reflux surgery will give you back the freedom to try new foods and consume the foods you love that you couldn’t when you suffered from regular GERD symptoms.
Have More Social Flexibility
Because people with GERD sometimes don’t know what will trigger their symptoms, social outings can be a source of anxiety rather than enjoyment. Anti-reflux surgery will give you the confidence to know you can go out with your friends and family without the nagging worry that your GERD symptoms are also coming along for the ride.
Avoid Most Long-Term Medications
Many people with GERD resort to prescription medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to help alleviate their symptoms. PPIs are meant to be short-term solutions for reflux and studies have linked long-term use (defined as longer than one year) to increased risk of osteoporosis-related fractures as well as difficulty absorbing vitamin B12. Reflux surgery allows many people who are reliant on these medications be free of both the short-term and long-term side effects.
Anti-reflux surgery has an abundance of benefits for those experiencing the frustrating symptoms associated with GERD. To find out if you’re a candidate for reflux surgery, call the reflux specialists at Tampa Bay Reflux Center today!