How Do Doctors Treat Severe Acid Reflux?

Q:
How do doctors treat severe acid reflux?

A:
If you have severe acid reflux and the symptoms start to severely interfere with your day-to-day life, your doctor could recommend surgery.

There are two types of surgical treatment. They are:

  1. LINX device. This device is a ring of small magnetic beads. The doctor wraps it around where the stomach and the esophagus meet. The magnetic attraction between the beads is strong enough to keep the junction closed to refluxing acid, but weak enough to allow food to pass through.
  2. Fundoplication. During the surgical process, the surgeon wraps the top part of the stomach around the lower esophageal sphincter to tighten the muscle and prevent reflux. The wrapping of the top of the stomach can be complete or partial.

Meanwhile, lifestyle changes can help control acid reflux. You should quit smoking, keep a healthy weight and avoid foods and drinks that make reflux happen if you want a faster recovery.

 

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