The founder and lead surgeon at Abdominal Surgery Specialists talks about getting help for GERD.
Plano, TX, Dec. 15, 2016 – Described by some as heartburn on steroids, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD for short, is a serious medical condition. If left unchecked, it can cause permanent damage to the body and may even open the door for the development of even more serious medical concerns.
“When the burning, painful sensations of heartburn are a frequent complaint for a person, it’s time to see a doctor,” says Dr. Nick Nicholson, founder and lead surgeon of Abdominal Surgery Specialists, a part of the Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery. “While the life-disrupting and sleep-disrupting symptoms alone may drive some people to seek help, the cumulative damage this condition can create poses the biggest reason why addressing this condition effectively is so important.”
GERD arises when the stomach’s acid back flows into the esophagus. Caused by a faulty or weakened sphincter muscle, this condition’s symptoms may not always be treatable using over-the-counter acid reducers.
“There are several very effective ways to treat GERD,” says Dr. Nicholson. “Prescription medications may help some. For others with especially weakened sphincters, minimally invasive surgical procedures that reinforce the area and stop back flow can make all the difference.”
When GERD is left unchecked, stomach acid flowing into the esophagus can cause permanent scarring as time passes. This condition can disrupt daily routines, cause pain, impact sleep, lessen a person’s ability to eat certain foods and may increase risk for the development of esophageal cancer.
“There is no reason to suffer with the pain and discomfort of GERD,” says Dr. Nicholson. “If this condition is suspected, it’s important to get checked out and take steps to address symptoms before permanent damage can be done. There are very effective treatments available that can stop this condition in its tracks.”
About Abdominal Surgery Specialists
Founded by Dr. Nick Nicholson, one of the country’s leading weight loss surgeons and co-author of “Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny,” Abdominal Surgery Specialists provides patients with a variety of options to treat conditions including gallbladders, hernias, reflux and obesity.