It’s normal to have acid reflux or heartburn from time to time. However, if your acid reflux is a recurring problem, you may have a chronic condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Highly skilled general surgeon Garth Davis M.D. in Houston, Texas, provides expert care for patients struggling to manage acid reflux. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis by calling the office or booking online today.
Acid reflux occurs when the acid contents of your stomach reflux up into your esophagus, causing heartburn and indigestion. It’s not uncommon to occasionally have acid reflux.
However, if you have acid reflux — heartburn or indigestion — more than twice a week, it may be a sign that you have a chronic condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
When left untreated, GERD may damage the tissue in the esophagus, increasing your risk of developing conditions such as esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus, or esophageal cancer.
Most people with acid reflux experience a burning sensation in their chest, better known as heartburn, but not everyone with acid reflux has the same symptoms.
Other symptoms include:
Though acid reflux may affect anyone, it’s more common in people who struggle with being overweight or obese.
You may also struggle with chronic acid reflux if you have a hiatal hernia, which is when a portion of your stomach protrudes through the muscle that separates your chest and abdomen.
You should seek medical care for your acid reflux if it’s a recurring problem. Dr. Davis provides medical and surgical care for acid reflux.
After reviewing your symptoms and medical history, Dr. Davis performs a physical exam. He may request an upper endoscopy to evaluate your esophagus, looking for signs of damage, and take a biopsy of the tissue.
Dr. Davis takes an evidence-based, comprehensive, and compassionate approach to care. For acid reflux, he may recommend lifestyle changes such as:
He may also prescribe antacids or H2 blockers to ease your symptoms.
For severe acid reflux or acid reflux from a hiatal hernia, Dr. Davis may recommend surgery. He uses minimally invasive surgery when possible to reduce scarring, postsurgical pain, and recovery time.
Dr. Davis specializes in obesity and weight loss and may also talk to you about your medical and surgical weight loss options if your weight contributes to your acid reflux.
For compassionate care, call the office of Garth Davis M.D. or schedule a consultation online today.