At the office of Dr. Leggett & Dr. Lee, we are pleased to provide surgical endoscopic management of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) services to our patients.
What is GERD?
GERD is a condition where the acid in the stomach flows back into the esophagus on a frequent basis. The backwash of this acid is commonly referred to as acid reflux, and can irritate the esophageal lining.
Most GERD symptoms consist of difficulty swallowing, heartburn, food or liquid regurgitation, and/or the sensation of a lump in the throat. However, some patients only experience GERD symptoms at night, also known as nighttime acid reflux. These patients may also experience a chronic cough, new or worsening asthma, laryngitis, and/or disrupted sleep.
How we can help
We strive to help our patients experience optimal quality of life, and that includes managing the symptoms of GERD. While some patients benefit from a combination of lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medication to manage their discomfort, more severe cases may require prescription medication and/or surgery. Our surgical endoscopic management services are often recommended for patients struggling with one or multiple of the following conditions:
- Recurrent or refractory esophagitis
- Barrett's Esophagus
- Persistent reflux symptoms despite acid suppression
- Upper respiratory symptoms such as hoarseness, laryngitis, wheezing, asthma, cough, or aspiration
- Inability to tolerate medication, dependency on medication, or unwillingness to take lifelong medication.
Patients who have medical comorbidities, or have had prior gastric or bariatric surgeries are not candidates for surgical endoscopic management of GERD. In some cases, Stretta therapy may be an option for those who are not surgical candidates.
We will work together to find the right treatment option and lifestyle adaptations to help you experience relief. For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (281) 580-6797.