Answers to Common Digestive Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about digestive health.

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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Source: L. Stewart Lowry, MD, FACS, Miami County Surgeons; Rosanne Danielson, MD, Premier Gastroenterology Specialists; Fayez Abboud, MD, Premier Gastroenterology Specialists; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine

 

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