Did you know about 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month? According to The American College of Gastroenterology, 15 million Americans experience heartburn DAILY! If you're experiencing heartburn a couple of times a week, you may also have a condition, called GERD which stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. GERD is caused by acid reflux from the stomach up into the esophagus. GERD happens often due to malfunction or relaxation of the LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter) which acts like a valve. The LES opens to allow food to travel down into the stomach and then closes. This prevents stomach contents and acid from flowing back up the esophagus. GERD may cause chronic cough, sore throat, or chronic hoarseness. If untreated, GERD could lead to other medical complications and diseases including cancer. The common treatment option for people who repeatedly experience acid reflux in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is a class of drugs known as proton-pump inhibitors. More than 60 million prescriptions for GERD were filled in 2004. When drugs aren't enough, GERD surgery may be needed. They are different types of surgery for GERD, and you should consult your doctor about your treatment options.
If you live in Turlock California and suspect you may have GERD, you should contact the office of Dr. Huy Dao. Dr. Dao is a laparoscopic surgeon specializing in treating GERD in Turlock.
For more information about GERD treatment options, please call the office of Dr. Dao today! His office phone number is 209-656-0183.