Acid Reflux/GERD Surgery
Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, is a condition that affects millions of Americans. Acid reflux is simply the acidic contents of the stomach moving up into esophagus and irritating its sensitive lining. Thirty percent of the population has a bout with acid reflux, which is perfectly normal after a particularly heavy meal, for example. However, when the acid reflux becomes chronic, it is classified as GERD and should be treated.
Beyond the uncomfortable sensations that acid reflux can cause, there are several considerations the patient must make to ensure continued health. Chronic acid reflux can inflame the esophagus, causing persistent coughs, and even difficulty eating. GERD can even change the esophagus on a cellular level, known as Barrett’s esophagus, which can lead to esophageal cancer, in rare cases.