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? Consult the gastroenterologist for treatment of GERD. Dr. Jay Chokshi is a reputed GI surgeon serving the people of Surat. He is one of the most experienced GI doctors for long-term relief from acid reflux.
GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease causes acid reflux, acid regurgitation, and heartburn. Often, the reason can be a weakening of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) that controls the food from coming back up into the throat. If the issue of GERD goes unnoticed, it can cause vomiting, coughing and lead to further complications such as difficulty in breathing.
GERD, heartburn, and acid reflux and related to each other, but they are not the same.
Heartburn: It is when you get a burning sensation in your upper chest. It 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 heartburn can make lying down difficult.
Acid Reflux: Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when contents of the stomach keep coming back up in the esophagus.
GERD: When the patient experiences acid reflux frequently, doctors diagnose it as GERD. Often, a patient with gastroesophageal reflux disease experiences heartburn and acid regurgitation a couple of times every week.
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:
If you experience any of the symptoms quite frequently, do not resort to over-the-counter medicines or household remedies. Consult doctor Jay Chokshi for GERD treatment. He has helped several GERD patients improve their digestive health completely.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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 cost of Nissen Fundoplication Surgery for GERD varies from patient to patient. The average cost of GERD surgery can be INR. 45,000 to INR. 55,000 in Surat. The cost differs depending on the complexity of the case, hospital charges, and fees of the medical professionals. 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.
Do not ignore continuous problem of acid reflux and heartburn. Seek treatment for GERD from Surat’s best GI doctor.