Reflux is the presence of stomach acid in the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest or throat, commonly called heartburn. It is caused by the lower esophageal sphincter failing to close completely after allowing food or drink into the stomach. Bloating, burping, nausea, and pain in the chest can also be present. Acidic foods and drinks like citrus fruits, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, or spicy foods can exacerbate these symptoms. If you experience these symptoms more than two times per week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).


With lifestyle/diet changes or over the counter medicines, some patients can successfully control their symptoms. For those experiencing more severe symptoms, surgical options may be required for relief. Fundoplication is the most common anti-reflux surgery and involves draping the top of the stomach around the end of the esophagus and suturing them together. It reinforces the barrier between the esophagus and the stomach acid and eliminates symptoms for most patients. This procedure is done laparoscopically with small incisions and is often combined with a hiatal hernia repair. Most patients spend one night in the hospital and have immediate relief of their reflux. If you have persistent heartburn, chest pain not associated with coronary conditions, regurgitation of stomach acid, or other symptoms, talk with your doctor to make an informed decision regarding your health.


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