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A 48-year-old member asked:

will there ever be a cure for gastroesophageal reflux disease?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
Hard to say: This is where medicine is more art than science. If by cure you mean no more heart burn, we are almost there. Reflux, however, is a physiologic event that will happen under many common settings (large meal, carbonation, muscle relaxant, poor gastric emptying / full stomach...). The best reflux rx is actually a combination of wise dietary selection, good lifestyle and medical attn as needed.
Dr. Garland Yarborough
Dr. Garland Yarborough commented
Gastroenterology 46 years experience
95% of heartburn can best be treated with a protean pump inhibitor
Sep 12, 2013
Dr. Peter Denk
General Surgery 20 years experience
There already is!!!: Minimally invasive anti-reflux surgery repairs the failed natural anti-reflux valve at the top of the stomach and cures reflux disease with 95% effectiveness. The most common procedure is called lap nissen fundoplication which involves wrapping the top part of the stomach around itself to create a robust valve that prevents reflux. Experienced surgeons have shown over 10 year durability.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Agree with Dr. Denk. GERD is generally not "cured" with dietary changes and or lifestyle modifications. First line treatment, lifestyle modification and medications are geared to symptom control. Medications do not "cure". They remove acid from the refluxing material, thus controlling symptoms and acid damage. The more definitive cure is by surgery.
Feb 15, 2013

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What exactly is refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease?

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Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Reflux: Refractory gerd means reflux disease not responding to standard treatment and conservative measures.
Dr. Garland Yarborough
Dr. Garland Yarborough commented
Gastroenterology 46 years experience
Anybody with refractory GERD needs upper endoscopy
Sep 12, 2013
Dr. Garland Yarborough
Dr. Garland Yarborough commented
Gastroenterology 46 years experience
Anyone with refractory reflux needs endoscopy
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Gastroesophageal reflux disease diagnosed. What can't I eat?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Prevent GERD: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, zegerid). See a GI doctor if persistent.
A 36-year-old member asked:

My boyfriend was just diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease. What can I cook for him?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Advice for boyfriend: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, zegerid). See a GI doctor if persistent.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are some good foods to eat for gastroesophageal reflux disease?

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Dr. Esther Cheung-Phillips
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Avoid acidic foods: Vegetables are always a great choice. Reflux can get worse with acidic foods as well as rich, fatty foods. Spicy foods, tomato based foods, alcohol and caffiene can make things worse.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for gastroesophageal reflux disease?

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Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Several: Upper endoscopy, upper GI and manometry. Bravo probe if not clear cut symptoms and findings on egd.

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