GERD Specialist NYC | GERD Doctor NYC
What exactly is GERD? GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is a condition diagnosed by NYC gastroenterologists, 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:
- Upper endoscopy
- Upper endoscopy with biopsy
- Endoscopy with a Biopsy
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
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
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic coughing
What are the treatments if I get diagnosed with GERD?
- Lifestyle modification
- Medications including antacids, H2 receptor blockers or proton pump inhibitors
- 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 best in class NYC gastroenterologists, our doctors provide highly personalized and comprehensive care. Their philosophies regarding the doctor/patient relationship is based on trust and has earned them some of the most respected reputations for performing a colonoscopy in NYC.
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