Acid Reflux Treatment

Acid reflux is a common condition which involves stomach acids going back up into the oesophagus (the tube connecting the throat and stomach) via the lower oesophagal sphincter (LES).

A more severe type of acid reflux is GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), which is a chronic form of the condition.

It should be noted that heartburn - often associated with acid reflux - can be a symptom of acid reflux, but is not recognised as a condition in its own right.

When should you see an acid reflux specialist?

Your pharmacist might be able to help you with acid reflux, prescribing antacids which can help to relieve symptoms. These medicines are typically taken with food, as this is generally when acid reflux presents itself.

You should see an acid reflux specialist if; medicines from the pharmacy and lifestyle changes have not helped; you have experienced symptoms for most days over a period of at least three weeks; or you have other symptoms such as being sick, losing weight, or food getting stuck in the throat.

How is acid reflux usually treated?
When lifestyle changes and medicines have proven to be ineffective, the best acid reflux treatment could be a surgical procedure. Procedures which can address acid reflux include; laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, which involves small incisions in the abdomen before a laparoscope and surgical instruments are used for the creation of an effective valve mechanism for the oesophagus; and the Stretta procedure, which involves an endoscope that can heat the oesophagus tissue, resulting in the blocking of nerves affected by acid reflux.


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