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Gallbladder Problems or Acid Reflux?

Gallbladder Problems or Acid Reflux?You’re experiencing pain in the top portion of your stomach, along with other symptoms, like bloating and tenderness around the abdomen. Acid reflux and gallbladder issues are two common causes of abdominal pain. The physicians at...

Robot-assisted Esophageal Surgery Helps Doctors Restore Lives

News from Fort Sanders Health & Lifestyles Millions of Americans experience acid reflux every day. Most don’t know if it’s severe enough and lasts long enough, in the worst cases acid reflux can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. When that happens, the...

What You Should Know About GERD

Every year during the week of Thanksgiving, we recognize National GERD Awareness Week. GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not function correctly to keep stomach contents from refluxing up into the esophagus....

The Heart(burn) of the Matter

Fort Sanders Health & Lifestyles Kim Hagan has suffered from heartburn for as long as she can remember, and her pain and discomfort worsened over the past few years. No matter what she ate, the feeling of acid reflux remained constant. “I would refrain from eating...

Types of Surgeries for Acid Reflux

GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a treatable condition. If your symptoms are not improving with more conservative measures (i.e. lifestyle changes and medications), General Surgeon Dr. Michael Antiporda of Premier Surgical Associates says it may be time for...

Surgical Options for GERD Patients

GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease affects about 20 percent of the population. We interviewed Dr. Michael Antiporda, a general surgeon with Premier Surgical Associates with fellowship training focused on esophagus and stomach surgery, to explain surgical options...