GERD Treatment in Brownsville, TX
What is GERD?
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (otherwise known as GERD) is a condition where the stomach’s acid consistently flows up into the esophagus, often causing heartburn among other possible symptoms. In more aggressive cases, the bottom of your stomach may become increasingly fragile or it can even create an opening for foreign stomach acids to flow through the body.
If you have been experiencing symptoms relating to acid reflux and GERD, contact board-certified general surgeon Dr. Carlos A. Barba to discuss your diagnosis and treatment options. To schedule a consultation at our general surgery centers in Brownsville and Harlingen, TX, please call (956) 621-4981 today.
What Causes of GERD?
People with GERD most often experience feelings of heartburn. If you’re unfamiliar with this symptom, it can feel like your chest is on fire and be very uncomfortable. Other people may experience nausea, difficulty or pain when swallowing, or a dry cough.
Although people of any age can become susceptible to GERD, here are a list of some factors that can increase your chances of developing the condition:
- Being medically overweight or obese
- Being pregnant
- Smoking or having been exposed to second-hand smoking frequently
- Using medications such as asthma inhalers, antihistamines, sedatives, and antidepressants.
What are The Symptoms of GERD?
Typical GERD symptoms and signs include:
- Heartburn is a burning feeling in your chest that generally occurs after eating and may be worse at night or while you’re lying down.
- Regurgitating food or acidic liquids, or backwashing
- Chest or upper abdomen discomfort
- Difficulty swallowing, or dysphagia
- Feeling like there’s a lump in your throat
How is GERD Treated?
Before Dr. Barba applies treatment, they may prescribe you medication to see if the reflux decreases. If you’re going the medication route, proton pump inhibitors are a common treatment option designed to decrease the amount of stomach acid.
If neither the medications nor lifestyle changes are working, you might require these procedural treatments instead:
- Endoscopic procedure- Includes multiple procedures involving radio-frequency to make small burns that tighten and heal the sphincter muscle.
- Fundoplication– the top of the stomach is sewn causing pressure to the bottom of the esophagus, greatly reducing the reflux effect.
In addition, here are some things you can do to avoid any further issues with GERD:
- Eat smaller meals.
- Leave at least 3 hours between the time you finish your last meal and your bedtime.
- Don’t wear clothes that fit tight
- Avoid drinking alcohol and foods that are spicy or greasy.
- Engage in new weight management strategies.
Schedule Your GERD Treatment in Brownsville or Harlingen Today!
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease can be very comfortable but, it is not something that you have to live with. Dr. Carlos A. Barba is highly-trained at treating acid reflux when medications and lifestyle changes have failed. If you are looking for specialized GERD treatment, please contact our general surgery center in Brownsville & Harlingen, TX today at (956) 621-4981.