There's more to heartburn than just a little discomfort. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can present itself in many ways:  heartburn, regurgitation, cough, hoarseness, sore throat or respiratory complications. But all reflux is due to a failure of the valve that separates your esophagus from your stomach. Chronic reflux can cause esophagitis, strictures, Barrett's esophagus, and even esophageal cancer.

We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Using the most advanced technology and treatment options, we are able to develop a reflux care pathway specific to you and your needs. 

Treatment Options

Lifestyle Changes
Before seeking surgical options, adjusting lifestyle changes may alleviate and control GERD symptoms. Some include: raising your bed headboard, avoid eating four hours before lying down, lose weight, avoid exacerbating foods, and quit smoking. 

Laparoscopic Fundoplication
This minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedure reduces the hiatal hernias and repairs the diaphragmatic hiatus by suturing the diaphragmatic muscle. In a fundoplication, the upper part of the stomach is wrapped around the lower end of the esophagus and stitched in place.

LINX System
The LINX system is a series of interlinked titanium beads, each with a magnet core, that is implanted around the lower esophageal sphincter and is used for treating GERD when medication no longer provides adequate symptom control. This type of GERD treatment restores the lower esophageal sphincter function, prevents reflux, and preserves normal human physiology (ability to swallow, vomit, etc.). Placement of the LINX system is minimally invasive and will not cause significant alterations to anatomy that may limit treatment options in the future.

Regional Health Physicians

Andrew VanOsdol, MD

General Surgery