Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also called acid reflux, is a common digestive condition you may experience after eating. GERD occurs when your stomach acid or food flows back up into your esophagus, the tube that connects your throat to your stomach, and irritates its lining. A main symptom of GERD is heartburn, a burning sensation in the chest.
Our digestive health experts use the latest technology and approaches backed by leading-edge research to treat GERD. Our goal is to help relieve GERD symptoms and help you feel better. 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 undigested food or 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.
At the University of Miami Health System, our digestive health specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating GERD. They work as a team with other specialists to ensure you get complete care – whether you need a dietitian to help you make dietary changes or a thoracic surgeon to provide advanced treatment.
Why Choose UHealth?
Fast, accurate diagnosis of your conditions. We have the only motility lab in South Florida, which allows our GI specialists to provide accurate results faster. That means they can begin treatment right away, and you can feel better sooner.
A broad array of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Whether you need long- or short-term digestive care, you will receive personal attention and leading-edge treatment to improve the health of your digestive system.
Improving surgical care. We participate in the latest research and clinical trials, which help determine which surgeries work best for patients. This research advances patient care and safety while shaping the future of surgical treatment. Our surgeons have helped develop promising new therapies for a wide range of conditions – approaches that improve safety and help patients recover more quickly.
A comprehensive team of surgeons. We provide advanced surgical care for a full range of health problems — from airway and lung diseases to cancer. You’ll receive care from a surgeon with expertise in your condition, ensuring you get leading-edge treatment that’s personalized to meet your needs.
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