Many patients of all ages experience Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). This digestive disorder affects the lower esophageal sphincter, which is the muscle between the esophagus and stomach. This condition causes uncomfortable symptoms including heartburn, or acid indigestion caused by GERD.
Dr. Batash is a board certified gastroenterologist who offers personalized treatments for patients suffering from symptoms caused by Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease to help alleviate symptoms and achieve improved overall wellness.
What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease?
Gastroesophageal refers to the stomach and esophagus. Reflux means to flow back or return. Gastroesophageal reflux refers to the contents within the stomach returning back into the esophagus. During the normal digestive process, the lower esophageal sphincter opens and allows food to enter the stomach, and then closes to prevent the food and stomach acid from flowing back up. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter is weak or relaxes irregularly, enabling the stomach contents to flow back up.
Acid reflux causes a burning sensation in the chest and a feeling of acid backing up in the throat. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and if left untreated, it can erode the esophageal lining, and increase the risk of developing esophageal cancer.
The stomach is key in the normal digestive process. However, those experiencing GERD, or a flow of acid into the esophagus, may also experience:
- Pain and heartburn
- Dry cough
- Chest pain
- Sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- A feeling of a lump in the throat
Following an analysis and testing, patients experiencing GERD may be treated with medications, procedures, and lifestyle changes that are designed to eliminate discomfort and reduce the risk of more serious complications.
The uncomfortable symptoms caused by GERD can have a negative impact on your daily life. Dr. Batash is an experienced gastroenterologist that offers comprehensive treatments for patients suffering from acid reflux. When evaluating a patient for GERD, symptoms will be discussed, as well as diagnostic measures if necessary. These include esophageal pH, endoscopy, and manometry. Following analysis and a diagnosis, we offer safe and effective treatments designed to alleviate symptoms and restore quality of life.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, or are interested in learning more about Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) treatments, reach out to the professionals at Steven Batash MD and speak to one of our caring professionals. Contact us today and schedule your consultation towards restored well-being.