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GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is another name for acid reflux disease. Heartburn is the most common symptom, but you may also experience:

  • Regurgitation
  • Hoarseness or sore throat
  • Frequent swallowing
  • Asthma or asthma-like symptoms
  • Pain or discomfort in the chest
  • Reflux-related sleep disorders
  • Yellow fluid or stains on pillow after sleep
  • Excessive clearing of the throat
  • Persistent cough
  • Burning in the mouth or throat
  • Intolerance of certain foods
  • Bloating
  • Dental erosions or therapy-resistant gum disease or inflammation

What Causes GERD?

GERD is caused by anatomic changes in the body’s natural antireflux valve, or gastroesophageal valve. Normally, after swallowing, the valve between the esophagus and stomach opens to allow food to pass, then is closes to prevent stomach contents from refluxing into the esophagus. Excessive weight, diet, aging and injuries to the abdomen are among the factors that contribute to the deterioration of the antireflux valve.

What are the Most Common Treatments for GERD?

GERD is typically treated with diet and lifestyle changes and medications such as non-prescription antacids, PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) and H2 blockers. For moderate to severe cases of GERD, your doctor may recommend a surgical option, including TIF, an incisionless surgical procedure.

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