Acid reflux can wreak havoc on your football season. When heartburn and indigestion strike, it can put a damper on your game day festivities. But there’s no need to let acid reflux spoil your fun. There are several procedures surgeons can perform to fix GERD issues and help you recover in time for the big game.
Acid reflux happens when stomach acid flows back up into the esophagus. This can cause a burning sensation in the chest or throat, known as heartburn. Acid reflux can also lead to GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD is a more serious condition that can cause inflammation in the esophagus, difficulty swallowing, and even chest pain.
If you’re dealing with acid reflux or GERD, there are several things you can do to find relief. Over-the-counter antacids can help neutralize stomach acid and provide temporary relief. Cutting back on trigger foods like caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, and fatty foods can also help. Quitting smoking is another good way to reduce your risk of acid reflux and GERD.
If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to provide relief, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure. One common surgery for acid reflux is fundoplication. This surgery involves wrapping the top of the stomach around the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to tighten the sphincter and prevent stomach acid from flowing back up into the esophagus.
Surgery for acid reflux can be done robotically, which means the surgeon makes small incisions in the abdomen and uses a camera and special instruments to complete the surgery. This results in less pain and a shorter recovery time than traditional open surgery. Most people who have robotic surgery are able to go home the same day.
If you’re dealing with acid reflux or GERD, there’s no need to let it ruin your football season. Call us today to schedule an appointment so we can help you recover in time for the big game. You can cheer on your team and enjoy the season without heartburn or indigestion holding you back.