Chronic Heartburn Solutions
Heartburn Treatment in Dallas, TX
Do you feel burning pain in your chest after each meal? If so, it could be attributed to chronic heartburn, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). The term “Heartburn” can be misleading, as this condition is not associated with the heart itself, but is caused by GERD. GERD is the result of acid leaking into your esophagus, which causes pain and a burning sensation. If this occurs regularly, you must seek treatment as GERD can cause damage to your esophagus and even lead to cancer. If your problem is occasional, here are some measures you can take to lessen the symptoms of GERD:
- Don’t smoke – Smoking can reduce the amount of saliva you produce, which helps dilute stomach acid. Tobacco can also contribute to the production of more acid in the stomach.
- Avoid certain foods – Spicy and high-fat foods, mints, coffee, citrus, tomato, carbonation, onions can typically aggravate GERD.
- Don’t recline or go to sleep after a meal – Wait at least 3 hours before going to bed, and make dinner the lightest meal of the day.
- Elevate the portion of the bed where your head rests – This will help acid stay in your stomach.
- Eat small meals throughout the day – This creates less acid per meal, and has the bonus of helping control your weight.
- Analyze the medications you use – Are you taking medications that irritate the stomach and contribute to heartburn? Check with your doctor.
If these options don’t alleviate your discomfort, you may have chronic heartburn. If so, this condition must be addressed before damage is done to your esophagus. Acid reflux treatment like the Linx Procedure or the Nissen Fundoplication, possibly paired with hiatal hernia surgery, could be required. A hiatal hernia, which happens when part of your stomach pushes upward through your diaphragm, should be identified and repaired when indicated.
Linx Surgery – A simple, minimally invasive procedure performed laparoscopically. Patients report positive results from the first day of having the Linx Procedure. A titanium device is implanted around the outside of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter, keeping acid in the stomach where it belongs. This device requires zero alteration of the stomach itself.
Nissen Surgery – With this procedure, a portion of the upper stomach is wrapped around the esophagus and stitched into place. This helps reinforce the closing of the LES, or Lower Esophageal Sphincter, which keeps acid from backing into the esophagus. It als narrows the hiatus, which treats or prevents a hiatal hernia.
When seeking heartburn treatment in Dallas, Expert Surgical is one of the foremost centers for treatment of GERD in the DFW area. Offering multiple options to resolve the discomfort of heartburn, our physicians are extensively qualified in the most advanced and up to date procedures. Call us to schedule a free consultation today.