GERD & Reflux Treatment in North Houston
What is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD for short, is a digestive disease that causes consumed food and drinks to come back out of the stomach and into the esophagus, resulting in heartburn and acid indigestion/acid reflux. In many cases, diet and lifestyle adjustments can help alleviate the discomfort associated with GERD. However, for some, the condition could be more severe and require prescription medications or surgery to control.
What causes GERD?
Your sphincter, the small band of muscle located at the bottom of your esophagus, usually acts as a barrier to keep food and drink inside the stomach and out of the esophagus. However, for those who suffer from GERD, the sphincter relaxes, allowing materials–including stomach acid–to flow freely back into the esophagus. There are certain things that may trigger the sphincter to relax, including:
- Being overweight
- Fatty or fried foods
- Spicy foods
What are the symptoms of GERD?
The following symptoms related to acid reflux disease or GERD indicate that you should visit a digestive disease physician at Allied Digestive Disease Center who can help alleviate your symptoms and treat any underlying digestive health issues:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing/painful swallowing/dysphagia
- Excessive burping
- Sore throat
- Hoarse voice
- Chronic cough
- Bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
How is GERD diagnosed by a digestive disease doctor?
Dr. Adeyefa and the team of providers at Allied Digestive Disease Center can identify whether GERD is causing your symptoms during an in-office evaluation. One or more of the following GERD tests may be used to help diagnose your condition, in addition to discussing your current symptoms, diet, lifestyle, and other factors:
- Upper GI endoscopy
- HALO ablation for Barrett’s esophagus
- Barium swallow test
- Manometry test
- PH monitoring test
- Acid reflux biopsy
Can GERD lead to complications if left untreated?
When GERD is left untreated, it can lead to other serious complications and permanent damage to the lining of your esophagus. That’s why it is important to see a physician who can help you manage your symptoms and effects of GERD to keep the condition under control and avoid future health complications. Some of the most common complications that can arise if GERD is left untreated include:
- Esophagitis/esophagus inflammation
- Esophageal strictures
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Esophageal cancer
What are your gastroesophageal reflux disease treatment options?
Visit our team of digestive health providers in Houston, TX at Allied Digestive Disease Center for a personalized treatment plan, addressing all of your dietary and lifestyle needs. We approach every patient as a unique individual and partner with you to make strides toward better digestive health.
- Lifestyle modifications
- Diet modifications
- Over-the-counter medications
- Prescription medications
- Esophageal surgery
If you are experiencing symptoms of gastro reflux disease, visit Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition services for patients in North Houston and the surrounding areas. We believe quality care begins with a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating both minor and chronic GI conditions. Schedule an appointment at our practice today by calling 832.912.4481 or fill out the form on this page.