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GERD Awareness Week

What is GERD? Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common condition that affects the digestive system, specifically the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). It’s the ring of muscle between the esophagus and the stomach. Normally, the LES opens in order to allow...

Is it GERD or Acid Reflux?

Although GERD and acid reflux are closely related, they are not exactly the same. What is acid reflux? Acid reflux refers to the backward flow of the stomach acid into the esophagus. If you are suffering from acid reflux, it’s not uncommon to taste sour liquid or...

Nissen Fundoplication for Treatment of GERD

How are GERD and Hiatal Hernia Related? Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a long-term condition where acid from the stomach comes up into the esophagus. A hiatal hernia occurs when the opening in the diaphragm where the esophagus passes through to connect to...

GERD Awareness

November is GERD Awareness Month. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, over 60 million Americans experience heartburn, the most common symptom of GERD. GERD (or gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a medical condition in which stomach acid, food, and...

Heartburn and Holiday Food

Food is an important part of most holiday celebrations. This is one of the reasons everyone enjoys holidays so much! However, these big holiday dinners can sometimes be a bad thing – especially for the gut. Also known as acid reflux, heartburn happens when acid in the...

Treatment Options for GERD

GERD, or Gastroesophagael Reflux Disease, is a very common medical condition, affecting up to 40% of adults. While reasons for developing GERD are numerous, it is more prominent with age and obesity. As the baby boomers get older and as our country is experiencing a...