More than 44% of all adults, 61 million people, experience heartburn at least once a month. 20% of the population have heartburn at least once a week and 9% have heartburn each day. 5% of the population, will at some point, require physician directed surgical therapy.
The esophagus normally has a neutral pH, which means that it is neither acidic nor alkaline. The stomach produces acid for the digestion of food. A muscular valve separates the esophagus and stomach. This valve is commonly referred to as the antireflux valve, or gastroesophageal valve (GEV).
When operating properly this valve between the esophagus and stomach opens to allow food to pass after swallowing. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)is caused by acid that escapes from the stomach through this one-way valve located at the top of the stomach and may travel all of the way back into the throat. The stomach acid passes into the esophagus, producing symptoms of heartburn and acid regurgitation. Damage to the lining of the esophagus may occur, as well as damage to the lungs if the acid is inhaled.
Surgery is considered when symptoms do not improve with medications, if they repeatedly return after the medication is stopped, if lifelong medication is needed, if you are unwilling or unable to take medication for prolonged periods, or if there is severe damage to the esophagus due to reflux. A large hiatus hernia, esophageal ulcer, narrowing or change in the lining of the esophagus, such as Barrett's esophagus may be further indications for surgical therapy. You may be a candidate for Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery or ESOPHYX, the revolutionary new incisionless procedure to cure GERD.
Dr. Neil Floch, Dr.Craig Floch and Dr. Abe Fridman of Fairfield County Bariatrics & Surgical Specialists, P.C. can provide you with the permanent solution to these problems. Both surgeons are highly acclaimed pioneers in the procedures, having performed acid reflux surgeries for ten years and offer Lap Nissen, Lap Toupet, LINX Reflux Management System, ESOPHYX/TIF®, Hiatal Hernia and Paraesophageal Hernia repair surgery. They will provide the most safe professional surgical care to help you through the process of reclaiming your life without having these issues. You will be able to return to a healthy full life, eating the foods you love, and doing all of the activities that brought you so much enjoyment before you started to suffer with GERD.
If you would like to find out more about the different procedures available, and see if you qualify for them, complete our online contact form or call us toll free at: 877-659-0011