Acid Reflux Surgery in Morristown, New Jersey
Acid reflux conditions are often misdiagnosed as other conditions or diseases, including allergies, sinusitis, and asthma. These conditions are usually caused “airway reflux”; therefore, it is reasonable to call acid reflux that mimics allergies—post-nasal drip is the single most common symptom of airway (LPR) reflux—respiratory reflux. As it turns out sinus disease is also often caused by reflux. I see many patients who have had unsuccessful sinus surgery, but then symptoms are minimal after the reflux issue is fixed. These also are respiratory conditions caused by reflux.
Gluten also is believed to be related to some cases of acid reflux. While a gluten-free diet is usually used to treat celiac disease, an inflammatory disease of the small intestines, it may play a role in other autoimmune diseases, e.g., psoriasis, arthritis, scleroderma, thyroid disease. Eating a gluten-free diet may help some people with the above conditions improve their symptoms.
Acid reflux also causes heartburn, and heartburn can lead to throat cancer. Acid reflux can also occur without heartburn. Silent refluxers have symptoms such as hoarseness, chronic throat-clearing and cough, difficulty swallowing, post-nasal drip, and asthma-like symptoms. There are over the counter medications for Prilosec which claim to keep heartburn away all day long. That may be true, but eating whatever you want and covering up the symptom without treating the condition itself is one reason why there’s a growing rate of esophageal cancer.
Some Causes and Risk Factors for Acid Reflux:
- Carbonated Beverages
- Lying down after eating
- Late night eating (within 3 hours of bedtime)
- Esophageal dysmotility (lazy esophagus)
- High-fat and fried foods
- Xerostomia (dry mouth, especially after head & neck irradiation for cancer)
- Hypotensive (low) lower esophageal sphincter pressure
There are several different approaches to medical treatment, which include antacids, acid suppressants, mucosal protection, and promotility agents. Many patients with airway reflux need long-term medical treatment, but can stop taking acid reflux medication after the acute phase improves, as long as diet recommendations continue to be followed. Control of dietary and lifestyle factors are probably more important than acid reflux medication.
When these treatments are not enough, acid reflux surgery may be needed to correct acid reflux before more serious conditions such as cancer are developed. If you suffer from acid reflux or other conditions that may be misdiagnoses, contact us for a consultation to see how we can help you with reflex treatment.
Screening with Nasal Endoscopy
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- Chronic Cough
- Reflux at Night
- Difficulty Swallowing
We perform a same day 15 minute screening to visually check your esophagus for signs of cancer. There is no general anesthesia. You can drive yourself. Easily tolerated and gives volumes of information about the status of your esophagus. Most patients who present with symptoms of Esophageal Cancer have incurable disease at the time of detection. “The majority of these patients are unaware of the presence of Barrett’s esophagus prior to cancer diagnosis and many do not report typical symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).”* Rapid easy screening with a Nasal Endoscope can detect existing esophageal cancer within the curative window. It can also identify the signs for increased risk for cancer and prompt treatments to avoid the risk of further exposure and risk of cancer.
- Acid Reflux Medication
- Dietary Adaptation with Nutrition Consultation
- Acid Reflux Surgery to Prevent Esophageal Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer Surgery
*Annals of Surgery- Volume 239, Number 6, June 2004, pgs 849-858
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*Results can vary for each patient and there is no guarantee of specific results