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Best Treatment for GERD

Are you suffering from chronic heartburn? Does it worsen after eating a heavy meal, especially after dinners? Do you experience acid regurgitation and a sour liquid back up in your throat?

If you experience severe symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux, consult the gastroenterologist for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Dr. Jay Chokshi is a reputed GI surgeon serving the people of South Gujarat. He is one of the most experienced GI doctors for long-term relief from acid reflux. Call +91-9016519832 to book an appointment.

Best GERD Treatment in Surat

GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease causes acid reflux, acid regurgitation, and heartburn. When the acid and other contents of the stomach come up into the esophagus and the patient experiences the problem frequently, doctors diagnose it as GERD. If the issue of GERD goes unnoticed, it can cause vomiting, severe coughing and lead to further complications such as difficulty in breathing.

When you consume food, it passes through the esophagus and enters the stomach. The stomach acid breaks down the food so that the body can absorb nutrients. Our body has two sphincters/valves: Upper Esophageal Sphincter (UES) and Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), for controlling the food from coming back up. When the LES becomes weak, the stomach contents can back up into the esophagus and causes irritation and heartburn and acid reflux.

Are GERD, Heartburn, and Acid Reflux the same?

When you get a burning sensation in your upper chest, doctors call it heartburn. Heartburn can last from a couple of minutes to an hour or two. It usually worsens when you eat a heavy meal. You may also feel a tightness in your chest, and it can make lying down difficult.

Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when contents of the stomach keep coming back up in the esophagus. What happens when stomach acid and food back up frequently and irritate the esophageal lining to cause acid reflux and heartburn? Doctors diagnose the issue as GERD when you experience heartburn and acid regurgitation a couple of times per week. In conclusion, GERD, heartburn, and acid reflux and related to each other, but they are not the same.

What are Common Symptoms of GERD?

The main symptom of GERD is acidity and heartburn. But, do not consider every episode of acidity and heartburn as signs of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Here are other signs and symptoms of GERD:

  1. Nausea and vomiting
  2. Burping/belching with a bitter aftertaste
  3. Tightness in chest/chest pain
  4. Croaky and husky voice, Laryngitis
  5. Chronic cough
  6. Breathing issues and asthma
  7. Difficulty while swallowing
  8. Bad breath
  9. Tooth decay
  10. Disrupted sleeping pattern.

If you experience any of the symptoms quite frequently, it can be a sign of GERD. Instead of choosing over-the-counter medicines or household remedies, consult Dr. Jay Chokshi for accurate diagnosis and treatment. It is because your symptoms may be an indication of a complicated problem. It is essential to undergo a medical screening to ensure your health and peace of mind.

Are you at risk of developing Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease?

People experience the symptoms of GERD from time to time. Lifestyle and eating habits can make you susceptible to acidity and heartburn now and then. However, your risk for developing chronic heartburn and GERD increases in the following situations:

  1. Obesity and sedentary lifestyle.
  2. Eating large quantities especially fried and fatty foods.
  3. Cigarettes, alcohol, coffee, and aerated drinks may cause acid reflux in a few cases.
  4. Hiatal hernia: a complication when a part of the stomach pushes through the hiatal opening of the esophagus.
  5. Constipation and digestive irregularity.
  6. Pregnancy.
  7. Connective tissue disorders.
  8. Certain medications can lead to GERD symptoms.

Infants and toddlers are also susceptible to GERD. If you notice frequent vomiting, difficulty sleeping after eating, or refusing to eat, they can be the symptoms of GERD among young patients.

How will the GI Doctor diagnose GERD?

Whether you undertake a teleconsultation with Dr. Jay Chokshi or prefer to come down to the clinic, explain your symptoms in detail. Usually, diagnosis of GERD is easily possible based on symptoms. But certain cases may demand the following investigations such as:

  1. Radiography/Barium Swallow Test to detect any abnormality in the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.
  2. Endoscopy is necessary to detect any inflammation/irritation in the lining of the esophagus and stomach.
  3. An esophageal biopsy helps detect the presence of malignant cells in the esophageal lining.
  4. Esophageal manometry to understand the strength of LES and how it affects the acid backflow.
  5. pH probe to determine the level of acid exposure in the esophagus.

What are the Complications caused by Chronic Acid Reflux?

With medical attention and expert care, GERD does not cause any fatality or severe complications. However, if you are suffering from prolonged acid reflux and heartburn, it can lead to complications such as:

  1. Esophagitis – It is the inflammation of the esophagus due to stomach acid. Esophagitis can lead to painful and bleeding ulcers in the esophagus.
  2. Esophageal Strictures – It is the narrowing of the esophagus that causes difficulty while breathing and swallowing food.
  3. Barrett’s Esophagus – Chronic GERD can change the lining of the esophagus to inflame and turn red. It is a risk factor for esophageal cancer.
  4. Esophageal Cancer – Ignoring the symptoms of GERD can increase your chances of esophageal cancer.

What Lifestyle Changes are necessary for treating GERD?

Dr. Jay Chokshi believes in modifying lifestyle to treat GI disorders. He considers GERD surgery as the final resort. After diagnosing your problems, the doctor may recommend any of the following lifestyle changes to treat GERD:

  1. Avoid consuming large quantities of meals, especially at night.
  2. Eat smaller amounts of food frequently to maintain a healthy weight.
  3. Sit upright and avoid lying down immediately after eating.
  4. Avoid foods that trigger acid reflux and cause heartburn.
  5. Focus on maintaining a healthy weight with regular physical activity.
  6. Avoid smoking and vaping.

Are there any Medications for Chronic Acid Reflux?

After careful diagnosis and understanding of patient history, Dr. Jay Chokshi may recommend medication to reduce the production of acids in your stomach. Other medicines can include antacids and proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs). If your problem is due to an abnormality in the esophageal tract, the doctor may prescribe a different medication. Often hiatal hernia causes GERD. And in cases of severe complications, a hiatal hernia repair surgery may become necessary.

Is there any Anti-Reflux (GERD) Surgery to treat the Patients?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is 100% treatable with surgical intervention. Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication is an effective anti-reflux GERD surgery to help patients lead healthy life. Dr. Jay Chokshi is a proficient laparoscopic GI surgeon with experience in esophageal and gastric surgeries.

The Nissen Fundoplication is a complex surgical procedure that includes wrapping the upper part of the stomach (fundus) with the lower section of the esophagus to avoid acid reflux. It offers reinforced strength to the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), so it does not allow the stomach acid into the esophagus.

What is the cost of Heartburn and Acid Reflux Surgery in India?

The cost of Nissen Fundoplication Surgery for GERD varies from patient to patient. The average cost of acid reflux surgery can be INR. 50,000. The cost differs because the fees of the GI surgeon, anesthetist, and nursing staff change according to the complexity of the procedure. If you want to learn the accurate cost of GERD treatment and acid reflux surgery, consulting the GI surgeon and undergoing a thorough medical screening become necessary.

To book an appointment, call on +91-9016519832 and visit Dr. Jay Chokshi to treat GERD effectively.

Dr. Jay Chokshi

Dr. Jay Chokshi is a reputed hernia repair doctor in Gujarat. Residing in Surat, he is available at Dr. Jay Chokshi’s Gastro Center.

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