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Mercy Hospital – Acid Reflux

– Some of the other common
symptoms that patients come for is reflux. Acid indigestion as people
call it, or dyspepsia, which is discomfort in the stomach area or the top of the abdomen
associated with acid coming up into the esophagus. The treatment for acid reflux, most important thing would be, lifestyle changes or
lifestyle modification. We need to control our diets, control our eating habits, control our lifestyle, what time we go to bed, when
do we eat, how much do we eat. So, it’s a lot of patient counseling. The other thing is medications. At some point, some
individuals may require something called an endoscopy, which is a camera in the mouth
that goes into the esophagus to look at the stomach to
see what may be going on such as an ulcer in the esophagus, or changes in the lining of the esophagus, such as Barrett’s esophagus. When symptoms are so severe
that we can’t control, with medications or
patients who are reluctant to take medications, or change lifestyle, surgery is an option.

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