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About GERD

Control Your GERD With the Help of miVIP

GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease and is a condition that occurs whenever stomach acid or bile flows back into your esophagus, causing irritation and inflammation. Your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is opened during digestion to send food into the stomach before closing up in order to keep stomach acid from flowing up into the esophagus. With GERD, the individual’s LES is not functioning the way that it should, and that is if it functions at all.

If you have been diagnosed with GERD, the leading surgeons at miVIP can treat your condition with a minimally invasive EGD procedure. With the miVIP treatment, you will receive the very best in patient and medical care.

GERD is A Common Condition

If you are suffering from GERD, you are not alone. Statistics suggest that in America:

  • More than an estimated 60 million adults suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease at least once a month
  • An excess of 15 million individuals suffer from recurring GERD and GERD symptoms every day
  • More adults than children and infants suffer from GERD

Causes of GERD

There are several triggers of GERD, including:

  • Diet – Specific alcoholic drinks and food can cause more acid to be created in the stomach
  • Hiatal Hernia – A hiatal hernia happens whenever the top of the stomach lifts through a diaphragm opening. A hernia can lead to GERD symptoms when they affect the LES, which can then cause a person to possibly need an EGD procedure
  • Pregnancy – The LES can be stressed when pressure is applied to certain areas
  • Obesity – Eating too much can make it difficult for the LES to remain closed during digestion

With the help of miVIP, you can determine the exact cause of your gastroesophageal reflux disease and plan an effective treatment strategy.

Common Symptoms

Some of the more common symptoms of GERD include:

  • Food regurgitation
  • Sore throat
  • Dry cough
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Chest pain
  • Lumps in your throat

There are both minor and major symptoms that you might experience that will depend on how severe your GERD is. It is best that you seek the help of a qualified healthcare specialist even if you only have minor symptoms since they can rapidly mature into major symptoms.

Treatment Options

Besides an EGD procedure, one of the best things that you can do to treat your gastroesophageal reflux disease is to improve your overall lifestyle. You might have to lose a few pounds, stop drinking alcohol and give up smoking as well as certain foods that might trigger your condition.

As for EGD procedures, a small camera on a tube will be inserted through your stomach, esophagus and duodenum. This particular procedure will allow an experienced miVIP surgeon to determine exactly what’s causing your reflux disease before they can come up with a personalized treatment plan for you.

In addition to an EGD procedure, there are also prescription and over-the-counter medications that you can take that can help control your acid production as well as undo the damage along the lining of your esophagus.

Get the Help that you Need

GERD is a common, yet controllable condition. If you have experienced even minor symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, call 877-956-2263 to schedule a consultation appointment with a Las Vegas miVIP surgeon. You don’t have to live with digestive discomfort any longer.

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