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Some Acid Reflux Cases Don't Respond to Meds

By Doreen Gentzler, NBC Channel 4 | Feb 23, 2013

Treating Acid Reflux: Dr. Gillian's Patient Success Story.

 

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Glenn Dysart, 43, of Alexandria had spent nearly half his life living with the misery of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. He’s far from alone; one in five American adults suffer from GERD, which is the result of a weak muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter. This weakness allows stomach acids and bile to splash into the esophagus and throat. The acids can damage the linings of the esophagus and cause heartburn, chest pain, regurgitation, sore throat and frequent coughing. Left untreated, it can lead to serious complications, including esophageal cancer.
Medications can be effective for managing many of the symptoms, but GERD is a progressive disease and the medications don’t solve the problem of the weakened muscle. For Dysart, the daily pill regimen had become expensive and increasingly ineffective. After dinner, he had to wait three and one-half hours before he could go to bed, and even then, he had to sleep with his bed elevated to prevent acid reflux. He missed eating his favorite foods and he was concerned about the long-term side effects of the medications.
“I’d had enough of being on those pills,” Dysart said. “I wanted to see if there were other treatment options.”
Dysart’s doctor referred him to G. Kevin Gillian, MD, FACS...
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