Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux services offered in South Bend, Plymouth and LaPorte, IN

About 20% of Americans experience frequent heartburn due to chronic acid reflux. To help you find relief of acid reflux symptoms, the providers at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc offer comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment services. At the offices in La Porte, Plymouth, and South Bend, Indiana, and at The South Bend Clinic on North Eddy Street, the physicians focus on nonsurgical therapies to neutralize stomach acids. They can also perform minimally invasive surgeries like Nissen fundoplication when necessary to protect your esophageal health. Call the Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc office nearest to you to book your appointment today. 

Acid Reflux Q & A

What is acid reflux? 

Acid reflux occurs when acids from your stomach flow back up into your esophagus, the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach.

When you swallow, your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle relaxes to let food and liquids pass through before closing again. Weakness in the muscle can allow stomach acids to flow backwards.

Anyone can develop acid reflux and common triggers of the condition can include:

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Asthma
  • Hiatal hernia

Chronic acid reflux, a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), can increase your risk for esophageal damage, swallowing difficulties, Barrett’s esophagus, and esophageal cancer.

When should I seek treatment for acid reflux?

While you may be able to treat occasional acid reflux with over-the-counter medications, you should schedule a consultation at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc if you have persistent acid reflux symptoms that you can’t manage on your own.

Common symptoms of acid reflux include:

  • Heartburn (burning sensation in your chest)
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent dry cough
  • Sour taste in your mouth
  • Frequent sore throat or hoarseness
  • Chest pain

The providers at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc use on-site diagnostic technologies to confirm your symptoms relate to acid reflux. They offer endoscopy procedures that involve passing a tube into your esophagus to explore your upper digestive system.

You may also benefit from Bravo pH monitoring. This diagnostic tool uses a device to measure the amount of acid in your esophagus.

Based on the results of your testing, Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc providers customize a care plan to treat your symptoms and the underlying cause of acid reflux.

How is acid reflux treated?

Many people can control occasional acid reflux symptoms with dietary and lifestyle changes. Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc providers can also offer resources that help you achieve a healthy weight and avoid foods and drinks that trigger heartburn and other acid reflux symptoms.

If you can’t find relief of acid reflux with over-the-counter medications or lifestyle changes, the physician may recommend prescription medications. When medications aren’t enough, you may need surgery to address weak esophageal sphincter muscles.

The providers offer several types of surgeries for acid reflux and GERD:

Nissen fundoplication

Nissen fundoplication is a minimally invasive surgery to reinforce your lower esophageal sphincter muscle.

LINX® surgery

LINX surgery involves the placement of a titanium device around the lower end of your esophagus to strengthen the muscles, so they close fully after you eat.

Stretta procedure

The Stretta procedure is a noninvasive treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to reshape the opening between your stomach and esophagus.

Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc also offers surgery to create a barrier between the stomach and esophagus to prevent the backup of stomach acids.

If you need relief of persistent acid reflux symptoms, call the Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc office nearest to you to book an appointment today.