Physicians at TexomaCare provide services and procedures for treating patients suffering from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
What is GERD?
Nearly everyone will experience heartburn or acid reflux at some point in their life. Heartburn is the most common symptom of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), a chronic disorder in which acidic stomach content flows backward into the esophagus, often causing pain and irritation to the lining of the throat. Common symptoms of GERD include:
- Burning sensation in the chest or throat (heartburn)
- Regurgitation of food or bitter liquid
- Difficulty swallowing
- Sore throat
- Dry cough
GERD is most commonly the result of a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a one-way valve that allows food and drinks to pass from the esophagus to the stomach. In people with GERD, a weak LES allows stomach content to flow back into the esophagus. Some patients also have a hiatal hernia that makes symptoms worse.
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about the services we provide, or to schedule an appointment, please call our Program Coordinator, Mandi Mathews, at 903-416-4373.
Complications of GERD and Long-term Medication Use
Long-standing acid reflux can cause damage to the esophagus leading to:
- Esophagitis (inflammation)
- Strictures (narrowing) and ulcerations
- Barrett’s Esophagus (pre-cancerous changes in the lining of the throat)
According to the FDA, long-term anti-reflux medication use can lead to higher risk of:
- Osteoporosis with fractures
- Kidney failure
- Stomach infections
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Early death
Our physicians perform the following procedures to treat patients suffering from GERD.
The LINX® System is a small, flexible ring of magnetic, titanium covered beads (as seen in the figure below) that will be placed around the weak lower esophageal sphincter.
The LINX® system is designed to stay closed at rest to prevent acid reflux back into the esophagus, but then will expand with a normal swallowing mechanism to allow food and drink to pass into the stomach. This is a minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery performed under general anesthesia. Most patients go home later that day or the next.
During this procedure, the surgeon wraps the upper portion of the stomach (fundus) around the lower esophageal sphincter for reinforcement and sutures it in place. This prevents acidic stomach contents from entering the esophagus. This is a laparoscopic procedure performed under general anesthesia. Most patients go home a day or two after surgery.
Is it Time to Seek Treatment?
Is GERD affecting your overall quality of life?
Are you concerned about your GERD symptoms?
Are you worried about long-term medication use to manage your GERD?
If you answered 'yes’ to any of these questions, it may be time to schedule a comprehensive evaluation with one of our specialists.
Dr. Matthew Burruss
5012 S US Hwy 75, Suite 210
Denison, TX 75020
Dr. Nhat Nguyen
4616 S US Hwy 75, Suite 203
Denison, TX 75020