Acid Reflux Surgery in El Paso TX
Acid reflux is an uncomfortable situation caused by stomach acid flowing backward in the esophagus, resulting in heartburn and other symptoms. Many people experience mild reflux symptoms, which can be easily relieved by prescription drugs, diet, and healthy life changes. But if you experience severe acid reflux or Gastro Reflux Disease (GERD) that cannot be relieved by medications and life changes, then your doctor may recommend reflux surgery.
Why choose reflux surgery?
GERD occurs due to a weakened or damaged lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is the valve that normally keeps acid from flowing back from the stomach. This acidic liquid may cause irritation on the lining of the esophagus, over time leading to a chronic condition called esophagitis.
Gastro Reflux Disease is a chronic condition itself. Even when an injured esophagus is treated and heals, the injury is bound to come back a few months later. Reflux surgery addresses this by repairing or replacing this valve, and in so doing:.
- Help you avoid long-term medications for GERD
- Help to prevent complications such as inflammation of the esophagus
When to seek treatment for GERD
The three primary symptoms of an uncomplicated case of acid reflux include:
- Heartburn or chest pain – Most people with GERD will feel chronic burning sensations or mild pain in the region above the stomach and the neck. However, in some cases, the pain is sharper or feels like pressure in the chest that may extend to the back.
- Regurgitation – This occurs when the fluid from the stomach goes past the esophagus and up into the throat where it’s felt as a bitter taste at the back of the mouth. In some cases, the liquid may breach the upper esophageal sphincter (UEL) and result in mouthfuls of liquid or food.
- Nausea – As a symptom of GERD, nausea is not as common as regurgitation or heartburn. But even if it was, it would be hard to attribute to GERD as it is a symptom of many other common conditions.
Schedule Your Consultation
We are devoted to providing you with the best surgery for GERD to enhance the quality of your life. Our doctor will discuss keenly your reflux surgery needs to determine which surgery for GERD is the best for you. Surgical options include Fundoplication, Nissen fundoplication, and Hernia repairs including hiatal hernias and paraesophageal hernias (diaphragmatic hernias). Contact your Reflux Surgeon in El Paso TX to schedule your consultation.