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I take an antacid every day for acid reflux. Is there a point where I should get an operation vs taking pills?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Evaluation first

Chronic reflux needs to be evaluated, but surgery is a last resort! several conditions can cause reflux, medications such as nsaids are big culprits, and an infection called h.
Pylori can be the cause of these symptoms and need a different regimen. Please go see your primary care provider to decide on the right approaches for diagnosis and treatment.

In brief: Evaluation first

Chronic reflux needs to be evaluated, but surgery is a last resort! several conditions can cause reflux, medications such as nsaids are big culprits, and an infection called h.
Pylori can be the cause of these symptoms and need a different regimen. Please go see your primary care provider to decide on the right approaches for diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

The primary indication for anti reflux surgery is failure of medical therapy, when maximal doses of medicine no longer control symptoms.
Patient choice is another indication. Complications like severe erosive esophagitis and scarring / stricture formation may be better treated with surgery as well. You should consult with your doctor and at least have an upper endoscopy to assess severity.

In brief: Possibly

The primary indication for anti reflux surgery is failure of medical therapy, when maximal doses of medicine no longer control symptoms.
Patient choice is another indication. Complications like severe erosive esophagitis and scarring / stricture formation may be better treated with surgery as well. You should consult with your doctor and at least have an upper endoscopy to assess severity.
Dr. Michael Sawyer
Dr. Michael Sawyer
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Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

In brief: Not usually

Daily medication is usually sufficient for treatment long-term.

In brief: Not usually

Daily medication is usually sufficient for treatment long-term.
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
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