Does surgery cure gastroesophageal reflux?

Dr. Lowry discusses surgery and gastroesophageal reflux. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

There is a surgical option to help people suffering from gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), but the surgery isn’t always a cure.

Though the anti-reflux surgery should help improve heartburn and other GERD symptoms, some people do still have to take over-the-counter and prescription heartburn drugs after surgery, according to the NIH.

Some patients also need another surgery in the future if new reflux symptoms or swallowing problems happen as a side effect of the first surgery, according to the NIH.

Talk with your doctor for more information about surgery for GERD.

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