If you find yourself...
- Sitting up to sleep
- Avoiding favorite or spicy foods
- Experiencing trouble breathing
- Feeling a fiery, burning sensation in your chest or throat
...you could be among the 20 percent of Americans—as many as 61 million adults—who deal with Gastric Reflux Disease, often called heartburn, acid reflux disease or acid indigestion. Frequent heartburn may mean constant discomfort, pain and a lifetime of medications. But pain and discomfort can turn into serious health conditions, including asthma and esophageal cancer.
Our Distinctive Approach to Gastric Reflux Disease
We understand that commonly prescribed medications may offer relief for many, but they don't work for everyone and they're not intended to be taken for long periods of time.
Some medications (proton pump inhibitors or PPIs) have been found to increase your risk for osteoporosis and hip fracture. They can also decrease the effectiveness of heart medications typically prescribed after a cardiac event, which may raise the chances of a second heart attack or a stroke.
Identifying the Anatomy of Gastric Reflux Disease
At StoneSprings Hospital Center, we recognize Gastric Reflux Disease as an anatomical problem that needs an anatomical solution—the valve between the esophagus and the stomach malfunctions and can't keep stomach contents and acid from climbing up the esophagus, or you suffer from hiatal hernia. We will offer the diagnoses and treatments for this condition that help improve your life.
Our Comprehensive Approach
Our comprehensive approach will cover diagnostic pH monitoring of acid/alkaline balance and manometry testing of digestive muscle condition, as well as treatments with endoscopy, radiofrequency ablation and options for incisionless and minimally invasive surgery.
Heartburn is a common term for Gastric Reflux Disease. Caused by the back-up (reflux) of stomach acid or contents into the esophagus, the disorder causes a burning sensation and other symptoms, ranging from occasional mild inconvenience to severe and debilitating conditions. If untreated, acid reflux can lead to more serious health problems, including ulcers and esophageal cancer.
Gastric Reflux Disease typically starts with a burning sensation behind the breastbone that often radiates toward the neck. In addition, you may experience:
- Regurgitation of fluid or food into the throat or mouth
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing food
- Chronic sore throat or cough
- Asthma, wheezing or chronic bronchitis
- Bitter taste in the mouth
- Difficulty sleeping while lying flat or after eating
- Suddenly waking from sleep to find yourself choking, coughing or unable to breathe adequately
Gastric Reflux Disease can often be managed with diet, lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medication. Our specialists will work with you to discover the cause of your symptoms, develop a comprehensive picture of your situation and help determine the best approach for you. You may take advantage of these Reston Hospital services: