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Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Northern Nevada Medical Group offers innovative treatments that can reduce chronic heartburn, as well as chest or throat discomfort to help you restore your lifestyle.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 775-352-5384.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux disease, is a common condition. GERD occurs when stomach acids or intestinal bile leak into the esophagus, which is called gastroesophageal reflux. Reflux can irritate the esophagus and cause heartburn. Other symptoms may include:

  • Regurgitation, belching
  • Sore throat, hoarseness, persistent cough
  • Asthma-like symptoms
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Excessive throat clearing
  • Burning in the mouth or throat
  • Bloating

Prolonged acid reflux can result in chronic inflammation of the esophagus and a change in its lining, a condition known as Barrett’s esophagus, which has been linked to cancer of the esophagus.

Treatment Options

Dr. Michael MurrayMedication, diet and lifestyle changes are the most common treatment options for GERD. While these treatments can alleviate symptoms, they usually do not solve the underlying condition. Even with medications, you may still need to restrict your diet. Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) is an advanced surgical procedure that offers relief from acid reflux without surgical incisions, and is available from Michael Murray, MD, FACS of Northern Nevada Medical Group.

Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)

TIF is a less invasive restoration of the anti-reflux barrier that does not require internal incisions or dissection. Most patients are able to return home the next day, and can return to work and most normal activities within a few days.

During the procedure, a surgeon inserts a device equipped with a small camera through the patient’s mouth and toward the stomach. The surgeon manipulates the device to make and fasten several folds of tissue to create an anti-reflux valve at the connection of the stomach and esophagus. After two years, the majority of TIF patients are able to return to eating foods that they could not previously tolerate, and are able to stop taking medication.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 775-352-5384.