Gastric Reflux

Gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD)

Understand your problem

Gastroesophagel reflux disease (GERD) is also commonly called “gastric reflux”.

 

This is a condition whereby abnormal return of gastric contents into the oesophagus occurs. It may present with a burning sensation that runs behind the chest or throat commonly known as heart-burn. Some may experience regurgitation which is a bitter or sour taste backing up in the throat or mouth. The feeling can lasts for a few minutes or a few hours and is often encountered after taking a heavy meal. Symptoms such as pain, hoarseness of voice and cough may be present in some patients as well.

Seek for Treatment

It is important to monitor and manage your symptoms of GERD. It may lead to serious complica-tions such as inflammation of the oesophagus, narrowing or obstruction of the oesophagus (esophageal stricture) and bleeding if left untreated. The initial treatment for GERD is lifestyle mod-ification which include dietary adjustments, raising the head of the bed and a change in eating and sleeping habits. Medical treatments (antacids, proton pump inhibitors) may be added as well. If these measures are not effective in managing GERD, a surgical approach can be considered.

 

Laparoscopic fundoplication is the standard surgical treatment for GERD. It is a keyhole operation that requires 3 to 4 tiny incisions and use the upper part of the stomach to wrap around the lower end of the esophagus to tighten the closing mechanism.

 

 

The surgeon will evaluate your condition and discuss the risks and benefits of the operation during the consultation.

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