What is reflux?

Heartburn or regurgitation may be caused by acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux (GERD).  This is a digestive disease where stomach contents, especially acid, backflow into the food pipe. It is more common as we age but can happen to many people of younger age as well. 

How is reflux diagnosed?

The following procedures may be used to diagnose reflux:

  • Manometry (measures the strength and muscle coordination of your esophagus when you swallow)
  • Esophageal pH monitoring/wireless esophageal pH monitoring/impendence reflux monitoring (measures how often stomach acid enters the esophagus)
  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (visually examines your upper digestive system)

What are the treatment options for reflux?

Lots of medical options are available in the management of GERD. Our doctors are comfortable with the management of patients who require acid-suppressing medications but also work routinely with patients to reduce medications, where possible, and find alternative solutions for individuals for whom traditional medication is not working.

When medications fail, our surgeons are available to treat patients appropriately. Surgical procedures include:

  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Magnetic sphincter augmentation of the lower esophageal sphincter

Learn more at: https://uoflhealth.org/articles/another-option-for-gastroesophageal-disease-gerd-antireflux-surgery/

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