Around 2 in 10 Americans are living with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) today. The leading team of gastroenterology specialists at Newtown Gastroenterology are GERD experts, and they provide all-encompassing solutions to help you manage GERD. There are New York City offices in Elmhurst and Flushing in Queens, Sunset Park in Brooklyn, and Chinatown in Manhattan, so call the one nearest you or book your appointment using online scheduling now.
Gastroesophageal reflux (GER), commonly called acid reflux, occurs when stomach acid washes upward, traveling up your esophagus (food tube) and moving into the back of your mouth.
Many people experience acid reflux occasionally. But, for some, acid reflux is a perpetual problem, occurring at least twice weekly for several weeks or longer, and that’s when the condition progresses to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
GERD causes many inconvenient, uncomfortable, and disruptive issues, such as:
If these problems aren’t treated, you could develop more severe issues like bleeding, ulcers, and scarring that narrows your esophagus.
Some people with long-standing GERD develop Barrett’s esophagus, a condition in which chronic acid reflux badly damages the esophagus lining. People with Barrett’s esophagus have an elevated risk of developing esophageal cancer, so it’s a serious condition that needs prompt treatment.
Newtown Gastroenterology helps you manage GERD with a comprehensive approach. GERD symptoms usually improve significantly with conservative treatments. The team often uses a three-pronged approach, focusing on:
Certain foods, including citrus fruits, carbonated beverages, tomato sauces, and fried fatty foods, can trigger acid reflux and heartburn. The team helps you eliminate these foods while still getting a healthy balance of nutrients in your diet.
Lifestyle changes like eating smaller meals more often, avoiding lying flat for a couple of hours after meals, and keeping your head elevated at night, may help significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of your GERD symptoms.
GERD medications can reduce stomach acid production or neutralize stomach acid, minimizing acid reflux symptoms. Many people with GERD also take supplements to help manage their symptoms and encourage esophagus healing.
It’s rare to need surgery for GERD. However, for severe GERD, procedures can help tighten the muscle that opens and closes your esophagus (the lower esophageal sphincter), preventing reflux.
GERD doesn’t have to last forever. The Newtown Gastroenterology team is here to guide you through GERD treatment using the most up-to-date techniques. Book your appointment online or call the nearest office now.