More than 44-percent of all adults in the U.S. experience heartburn at least once a month. For most people, an over the counter drug will help, but for others the pain persists. Modern technology is making surgical relief much easier on the patient.
Twenty nine year old Jeff was plagued with persistent heartburn for seven months. “I felt like I was having a heart attack, and constantly burning, burning, nothing I could do…Rolaids, Mylanta and nothing could correct the pain.”
Surgery is the answer for patients like Jeff who suffer from severe, persistent heartburn or what’s called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. New surgery methods are better than old ones. Normally GERD involves a huge abdominal scar. But with a fiber optics guide, a thin instrument is inserted into a patient’s stomach and there are only five tiny incisions.
Surgery used to mean eight to ten days in the hospital and six to eight weeks of recovery time, but laparoscopy means less time.
Dr. Said “The patient experiences minimal pain, if any. The recovery is much. much faster as compared with the traditional surgery.” This procedure has a cure rate of almost 100%. How do you know if your heartburn is serious enough to warrant surgery? Some signs include a burning sensation in the upper abdomen that will not go away, regurgitation, a sore throat, difficulty swallowing and hoarseness. Thanks to modern medicine, thousands are learning that they can do like Jeff: get freedom from pain, relatively quickly. Jeff was back to a normal lifestyle in about a week.
“I’ve been sleeping very good, right through the night. No pain, I don’t wake up with chest pains or burning. I don’t have to take a lot of Rolaids anymore.”
Studies show that more than ninety percent of the patients who undergo this procedure are symptom-free in ten years.