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How much time for an acid reflux disease medication *not* to work before a gastroenterologist considers surgery?

How much time for an acid reflux disease medication *not* to work before a gastroenterologist considers surgery?

Failed maximum Rx?: There are lots of "non-invasive" anti-reflux procedures -- some performed endoscopically and others by surgery. Most cause some permanent change at the level of the LES, and none are complication-free. Most are relatively new, so there is limited data to prove long-term benefit. First see a gastroenterologist to better document why & what you are refluxing (consider pH impedance testing, more). ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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I have acid reflux disease doctor told me to have laproscopic surgery what should I do please suggest except surgery.

I have acid reflux disease doctor told me to have laproscopic surgery what should I do please suggest except surgery.

Many Options: Gerd should never be treated with surgery first & rarely requires it. Acid-reducing medication, avoidance of caffeine, tobacco, acidic foods, weight loss, avoiding large meals just before bedtime, sleeping propped up on pillows are but a few rx's. Talk 2 a GI doctor (gastroenterologist)--if a GI doctor gave you this advice, consider a second-opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can someone die of acid reflux disease?

Can someone die of acid reflux disease?

No: No, not gerd per se. Gerd can lead to barretts esophagus which can lead to esophageal cancer and ultimately death. Esophageal cancer is becoming more common and has a high mortality but is still relatively uncommon. ...Read more

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How can someone die of acid reflux disease?

How can  someone die of acid reflux disease?

GERD: Longstanding gerd can lead to permanent damage to the esophagus which can then lead to cancer of the esophagus. Although this is unusual, cancer of the esophagus is often identified in its late stages, and in this instance, can lead to death from stage IV esophageal cancer. Endoscopy is mandatory if you have long standing gerd. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of acid reflux disease?

What are the symptoms of acid reflux disease?

Many...: Subtle symptoms of acid reflux include frequent throat clearing, sensation of something stuck in the throat, dry cough, voice changes, postnasal drip, and mucus in the throat. Less subtle symptoms obviously include heartburn or indigestion pain, or even brash (stomach contents reaching the back of the throat). ...Read more

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How to determine if I have acid reflux disease?

Symptoms: Heartburn, that could go up the entire esophagus, chest pain that could feel like a heart attack. You could have reflux without having symptoms. A specialist could confirm it with an endoscope showing inflammation in the esophagus. ...Read more

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Is acid reflux disease curable?

Is acid reflux disease curable?

Sometimes: Acid reflux can be treated medically such as with Omeprazole or with surgery. It is possible to 'cure' the acid reflux if the surgery is successful. ...Read more

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How to reduce LPR (acid reflux disease) and their symptoms?

How to reduce LPR (acid reflux disease) and their symptoms?

LPR: When patients are diagnosed with this laryngopharyngeal reflux (lpr), they are usually prescribed medicines for it. The medicine group that i prescribe most often are proton pump inhibitors and they are quite effective. However, beyond meds, i also review dietary changes that can help. Reduce or eliminate alcohol, caffeine, carbonation, tomato, citrus, spicy, greasy, chocolate, and mints. ...Read more

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What are some potential long-term effects of acid reflux disease?

Esophageal injury: Longterm gerd exposes your esophagus to acidic material. This is injurious. There are a number of potential effects including but not limited to esophagitis, stricture, damage to your teeth, reactive airway/asthma type symptoms, aspiration/pneumonia, "barret's esophagus", and even risk of esophageal cancer. Some of these are "extremes", so please discuss with your family physician. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more