What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)?
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, also known as GERD, is a condition where the contents of the stomach flow back directly into the esophagus. This occurs when the valve between the two (the lower esophageal sphincter) doesn’t close properly. GERD symptoms can be difficult to learn with. However, with the help of your gastroenterologists at Gastrointestinal Specialists in Philadelphia and Langhorne, PA, (also serving the Bala Cynwyd greater Northeast Philadelphia areas) and your pain and discomfort can be resolved quickly.
Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Some of the most common symptoms of GERD include:
- Acid regurgitation (stomach fluid from the chest reaching the mouth)
- Chest Pain
- Sore Throat
The cause of GERD can be determined after a thorough examination from your Philadelphia and Langhorne, PA, doctors, whom also serving the Bala Cynwyd greater Northeast Philadelphia areas. Oftentimes this condition occurs when there is an imbalance between the acid and digestive juices as well as enzymes in the stomach and the normal mechanisms within the esophagus. The barrier is impaired due to dysfunction in the sphincter or because of a hiatal hernia. A major cause is obesity because there is increased pressure in the abdomen. Excessive alcohol use, smoking, pregnancy and consumption of certain foods (coffee, citrus, tomato-based products, peppermint or fatty foods) also can cause GERD symptoms too.
Your gastroenterologists can also diagnose patients with an upper endoscopy where a scope is put down the throat to examine the stomach and the esophagus. Other pH testing can be done to test the acidity of a patient’s stomach. After it is determined that a patient has GERD, they can offer treatment methods such as proton pump inhibitor medication that block acid production or in severe cases, surgery. This is done for those that cannot tolerate medication and have major regurgitation issues. Surgery to repair a hiatal hernia may also be recommended.
To schedule an important appointment with a gastroenterologist at Gastrointestinal Specialists, call the Philadelphia and Langhorne, PA, offices (also serving the Bala Cynwyd greater Northeast Philadelphia areas)