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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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Commonly referred to as acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common digestive condition that you may experience after you eat. GERD occurs when your stomach acid or food flows back up into your esophagus (connects your throat to your stomach) and irritates its lining. One main symptom of GERD is heartburn, a burning sensation that starts behind your breastbone, moves up to the neck and throat, and often worsens after you eat or lay down.

As experts in digestive health, our gastroenterologists are equipped with the latest technology and immersed in leading-edge research to treat your GERD. Our goal is to help eliminate your GERD symptoms. Typical signs and symptoms of GERD can include:

  • Bitter/sour taste in your mouth
  • Chest pain*
  • Dry cough
  • Hoarseness or a sore throat
  • Regurgitation of food or sour liquid (acid reflux)
  • Sensation of a lump in your throat
  • Trouble swallowing (dysphagia)

*Note: Seek immediate medical attention if you experience chest pain accompanied by shortness of breath or jaw or arm pain. These may be symptoms of a heart attack, not GERD.

Why Choose UHealth?

A motility lab for accurate diagnosis of GI conditions. The only facility of its kind in South Florida, our motility lab enables our GI specialists to provide accurate diagnoses of GI conditions more quickly and efficiently. We offer a variety of leading-edge services, such as hydrogen breath testing, anal-rectal manometry, and bio-feedback.

BA broad array of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Regardless of your age, condition, or whether you need long- or short-term digestive treatments, you will receive the most accurate diagnosis and most effective treatment to keep your stomach, digestive system, and organs healthy. 

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Treatments 

  • Medications

    Your gastrointestinal (GI) doctor may prescribe medications – such as antacids, H2 blockers, or proton pump inhibitors – to help reduce the symptoms or treat the underlying cause of your GERD.

  • Lifestyle Modifications

    Your GERD symptoms may decrease if you avoid alcohol and spicy, fatty, fried, or acidic foods, including chocolate, citrus fruit, caffeine, and tomato products. You should also eat smaller meals, not eat close to bedtime, and not lay down right after eating.

  • Surgery

    If your GERD symptoms are severe and do not subside after taking medication or making lifestyle modifications – or if tests show premalignant damage to the esophagus (Barrett’s esophagus) – your GI doctor may recommend a surgical procedure tailored to address your condition and symptoms.

Tests

  • Upper GI Series

    This test checks your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine. You will swallow a metallic fluid called barium to make your organs visible on an X-ray.

  • Upper Endoscopy or EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy)

    This test looks at the lining or inside of your esophagus, stomach, and your small intestine using a thin, lighted tube that has a camera at one end (endoscope). We place the tube into your esophagus through your mouth.

  • Bernstein Test

    This test can help determine if the acid in your esophagus is causing the symptoms. We drip mild acid through a tube placed in your esophagus, reproducing the effects of acid reflux.

  • Esophageal Manometry

    This test evaluates the strength of your esophagus muscles. It can see if you have any problems with the backward flow of fluid (reflux) or swallowing. We place a small tube into your esophagus through your nostril.

  • pH Monitoring

    This test measures the pH or acid level in your esophagus. We place a thin, plastic tube with a pH sensor into your esophagus through your nostril. The other end of the tube outside your body is attached to a small monitor that records your pH levels for 24 to 48 hours.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.