Treatment Options for GERD
Medication to Treat GERD
GERD medications are designed to reduce acid production in the stomach. While these medications may reduce acid and help heal irritation to the esophagus, they do not address the cause of GERD, and do not prevent reflux. Approximately 40 percent of GERD sufferers continue to have symptoms while taking medications for GERD.
Surgery to Treat GERD
There are minimally invasive surgical procedures available to treat GERD. These procedures are designed to correct the cause of GERD (the weak LES) and restore the body’s barrier to reflux.
Is it time to change my GERD treatment?
If you are currently treating your GERD with medication and answered “yes” to any of the following questions, talk with your physician about alternative treatment options.
- Are you dependent on medication to manage your GERD symptoms?
- Do you continue to suffer GERD symptoms while on medication?
- Is your GERD affecting your quality of life? (examples: poor sleep, inability to tolerate certain foods, inability to participate in daily activities)
- Are you concerned about the long-term use of drugs to treat your GERD?
- Are you concerned about the long-term risks of serious complications from your GERD?
For more information about GERD and how it can be treated, call (225) 769-5656.