Acid reflux happens when stomach acids travel back up into the food pipe, or esophagus, irritating its lining. This irritation can lead to a sore throat, a dry cough, and wheezing. It can also cause heartburn, a bitter taste in the mouth, regurgitation, indigestion, and difficulty swallowing. Acid reflux is a common condition. A person may notice it when they are lying down or bending over, or after eating a big meal or spicy food.
Heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and esophagitis can have a complicated, intertwined relationship. "Esophagitis simply means inflammation of the esophagus," says Stella Y. Chow, MD, the director of gastroenterology at the Lahey Clinic North Shore in Burlington, Massachusetts. It’s not always clear why some people have a lot of acid reflux, but it may be due to a weakness of the muscles that keep acid inside the stomach, called a hiatal hernia.
Do You Need Surgery
The most common reason for surgery is heartburn that doesn't go away with medications and lifestyle changes. Surgery may also be an option when you have:
(a) Severe inflammation of your esophagus, the tube that runs from your mouth to your stomach.
(b) A narrowing of your esophagus that's not caused by cancer.
(c) Barrett's esophagus, a change in the cells because of acid reflux.
There are a variety of acid reflux surgery approaches and procedures. No matter which one your surgeon recommends, they are all a version of surgery called a fundoplication. Another name for it is anti-reflux surgery. This surgery creates a new esophageal sphincter by wrapping part of the stomach around the esophagus. If you have a hiatal hernia, your surgeon will correct it. Your surgeon may also correct any scarring or ulcers in your esophagus.
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