About 20% of Americans have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) today. If you continually suffer from heartburn or other reflux issues, Peachtree Surgical & Bariatrics, located in the Buckhead area in Atlanta, Georgia, has a long-term solution. Titus Duncan, MD, and the team of specialists perform reflux surgery using minimally invasive techniques, allowing you to head home the same day. Call the office or click the online scheduling tool to learn more about reflux surgery now.
You may need reflux surgery if you have GERD. In severe cases of GERD, you can experience disruptive symptoms on a daily or near-daily basis. Some common intrusive symptoms include:
GERD is a serious disease that requires treatment. Without appropriate treatment, you could eventually develop complications like scar tissue in your esophagus and Barrett's esophagus. Experts believe that most esophageal adenocarcinoma cases start within Barrett's tissue.
Many people with GERD take medications like proton pump inhibitors and H2 blockers to reduce acid production in the stomach. Although those medications can work quite effectively, there are a couple of major drawbacks.
First, medication only manages the condition rather than treating the root cause of your reflux — the breakdown of the antireflux barrier. That problem requires surgical correction.
Another big drawback with pharmacological therapy is that you need to take medication every day for the rest of your life to avoid GERD symptoms from disrupting your daily life. Medications can also have side effects that may feel almost as bad as the GERD symptoms themselves.
Reflux surgery offers a permanent solution and a life without daily acid reflux medication.
Peachtree Surgical & Bariatrics offers minimally invasive reflux surgery, performed in their ambulatory surgery center in Buckhead.
The most common type of reflux surgery is fundoplication, which has a success rate of better than 90%, with up to 95% of patients returning to normal levels of esophageal acid exposure.
This type of surgery involves repairing a hiatal hernia (if present) and then using the top portion of the stomach to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter. This restores a single-direction valve that prevents reflux.
With laparoscopic methods, you only have very small abdominal incisions. Laparoscopic reflux surgeries cause less scarring, pain, and bleeding, as compared to open surgery methods. You can generally go home the same day.
If GERD constantly drags you down and you’re looking for a permanent way to overcome it, reflux surgery could be the answer. To learn more about GERD surgery and how it can work for you, call Peachtree Surgical & Bariatrics or click the provided scheduling link now.