Acid Reflux

Philip L. Leggett, MD -  - General Surgery

Philip L. Leggett, MD

General Surgery & Acid Reflux Treatment located in Houston, TX

Acid reflux can cause pain and eventually lead to serious complications if left untreated. Serving the Houston area, Philip L. Leggett, MD, and Seeyuen Lee, MD, offer a variety of advanced surgical and nonsurgical treatments for your acid reflux symptoms. For an expert consultation, call or schedule an appointment online with their office today.

Acid Reflux Q & A

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a condition of the digestive system where acid from the stomach regurgitates into the esophagus. While the stomach has a protective lining that protects it from acidic digestive fluids, the esophagus doesn’t.

With acid reflux, the tissues of the esophagus are damaged, causing irritation and a burning sensation. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic, more severe form of acid reflux that could lead to severe complications, such as Barrett’s esophagus.

With Barrett’s esophagus, the cells that make up the lining of the esophagus change and resemble tissues that line the digestive system. Barrett’s esophagus may place you at higher risk of esophageal cancer, which is a rare but potentially fatal form of cancer.

What causes acid reflux?

Weakness in the lower esophageal sphincter, which is the muscle responsible for holding food and digestive fluids inside the stomach, causes acid reflux.

You may be a higher risk for acid reflux if you:

  • Are obese
  • Are a smoker
  • Are pregnant
  • Eat large meals
  • Lie down immediately after eating
  • Snack or eat a lot before bed
  • Take aspirin, ibuprofen, blood pressure medications, or some muscle relaxers

If you eat certain acidic foods, like citrus fruit or spicy foods, or drink fluids like coffee or alcohol, your stomach makes excessive amounts of acid, which can worsen your acid reflux.

What are the symptoms of acid reflux?

You may have acid reflux if you have symptoms such as:

  • Frequent belching after eating
  • Foul taste in the back of the throat
  • Irritated throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hoarseness
  • Burning pain in the chest or throat

You may have different or more severe symptoms if you have GERD, like bleeding or respiratory problems.

What are the treatment options for acid reflux?

The team diagnoses your acid reflux using an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EDG) to visualize the upper part of your digestive system, your personal symptom history, and physical assessment. They offer a range of treatments for acid reflux, including:

Medical management

An approach that uses medications, lifestyle changes, weight control, and dietary changes to improve symptoms.

Toupet (or toupe) fundoplication

A surgical procedure that uses the tissues of the stomach to create a new valve between the stomach and the esophagus.

Laparoscopy

A minimally invasive approach to surgical acid reflux treatment, including toupet fundoplication. It uses long, thin instruments placed in tiny holes near and around your stomach, rather than creating incisions.

Stretta® therapy

A minimally invasive approach that uses radiofrequency waves to strengthen the esophageal sphincter, increasing acid control.

Dr. Leggett and Dr. Lee are highly skilled in treating your acid reflux with one or a combination of these treatments, all of which have a proven track record of providing relief of your symptoms for at least five years.

Testing:

  • EGD
  • Bravo pH study-Restech
  • Esophageal manometry
  • Cellvizio endomicroscopy

Procedures:

  • Radiofrequency ablation of Barrett’s
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection of Barrett’s
  • Stretta endosopic therapy for reflux
  • Laparoscopic Nissen or Toupet fundoplication with or withouthiatal hernia repair


For an expert consultation regarding your acid reflux, call the team at Philip L. Leggett, MD, today or schedule your appointment online.

 

 


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