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FAQ GERD

What exactly is GERD? GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is a condition diagnosed by the NYC gastroenterologist, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian, in which the esophagus (food pipe) becomes irritated or inflamed by stomach contents, including acid, backing up from the stomach. This backing up is commonly referred to as “reflux”. The main symptom is heartburn, but other symptoms may occur. GERD can also cause damage to the lining of the esophagus and can lead to more serious problems. Persistent GERD symptoms or new onset GERD symptoms should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by a physician  for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan as it may be a symptoms of a serious illness or condition. Persistent GERD symptom’s can lead to barrett’s esophagus which is a precursor to esophageal cancer.

What types of tests does the NYC gastroenterologist perform to properly diagnose GERD?  There are many tests that the NYC gastroenterologist offers for accurate diagnosis including:

What Causes GERD?

  • Hiatal hernia- a hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach is above the diaphragm, the muscle wall that separates the stomach from the chest
  • Alcohol use
  • Overweight
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking

Certain medications (antidepressants, beta blockers) and some medical conditions (esophageal varices and strictures) also may cause GERD. Usually stomach acid is confined to the stomach. But in some cases when a small valve called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) malfunctions, it allows acid to seep back up into the esophagus.

What are the signs and symptoms of GERD? The signs and symptoms of GERD may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Chronic heartburn that cannot be alleviated with antacids
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic coughing
  • Wheezing

What are the treatments if I get diagnosed with GERD?

Conservative treatments:

  • Life style modification
  • Medications including antacids, H2 receptor blockers or proton pump inhibitors

Surgical Treatment:

  • Surgery is an option when medicine and lifestyle changes do not work. Surgery may also be a reasonable alternative to a lifetime of drugs and discomfort.

As a best in class NYC gastroenterologist, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian provides highly personalized and comprehensive care. His philosophy regarding the doctor/patient relationship is based on trust and has earned him one of the most respected reputations for performing a colonoscopy in NYC.

For more information about a colonoscopy or to schedule a colonoscopy with the the best in class NYC gastroenterologist, Dr. Shawn Khodadidan, please contact our Upper East Side NYC gastroenterology office.

For more information about the GI conditions we treat including GERD / Hearburn or to schedule a consultation with the GI doctor, Dr. Shawn Khodadidan, please contact our Upper East Side NYC office.

Dr. Shawn Khodadadian
Manhattan Gastroenterology
983 Park Ave, Ste 1D
New York, NY 10028
(212) 427.8761