Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is thought to affect nearly 20% of the U.S. population.1 Acid reflux is a condition that affects the gastrointestinal system by a weakened LES (lower esophageal sphincter) allowing stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus. Chronic acid reflux results in GERD. Occasional acid reflux after a large meal is normal, but if you find yourself with acid reflux symptoms a few times each week, you may have GERD. Common symptoms of GERD include:
- Sour/bitter taste in your mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Sore throat
- Feeling of a lump in your throat
- Chronic cough
If you are diagnosed with GERD there are several different treatment options available. Your doctor can determine the best route for you based on the severity of your symptoms. Non-invasive, non-surgical treatment options include lifestyle changes, over-the-counter medications, and prescription medications. If non-surgical treatments fail to provide you with the relief you need, your doctor may recommend surgery.
Dr. Ahmad has extensive experience performing anti-reflux procedures. Nissen fundoplication is a surgical procedure that involves wrapping part of the stomach, known as the fundus, around the lower esophagus to strengthen the barrier between the stomach and the esophagus. The LINX treatment is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small ring of interlinked titanium beads that is placed around the esophageal sphincter securing the junction and preventing stomach contents from refluxing. GERD, left untreated can have long-term consequences. If you are experiencing GERD symptoms call our office today and schedule a consultation. Dr. Ahmad and his team are passionate about providing patients with long-term acid reflux relief.
Dr. Arif Ahmad specializes in laparoscopic robotic surgery and has performed over 3,500 laparoscopic robotic surgeries. He is renowned in the Long Island area for his impeccable track record of safety and success. Dr. Ashley Modica joins Long Island Laparoscopic Surgery to perform body contouring surgery for patients after successful weight loss following bariatric surgery.