Minimally invasive GERD treatments
Got persistent heartburn or reflux?
Almost everyone suffers from the occasional bout of heartburn or reflux, but when it becomes more frequent, leads to problems swallowing, chest pain, cough, sore throat, and/or problems sleeping, it's time to see a reflux specialist.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the barrier between the esophagus and stomach stops functioning properly. This muscle, called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), allows food to pass into the stomach and then closes to keep stomach contents from backing up into the esophagus. For some people, abnormal relaxation of the LES causes reflux, which can lead to uncomfortable or painful symptoms. Left untreated GERD can cause serious problems that can put you at increased risk for esophageal cancer.
The good news is Gundersen Health System offers two minimally invasive treatment options to eliminate the cause of reflux or significantly reduce symptoms: nonsurgical Stretta therapy and laparoscopic LINX surgery.
Stretta or LINX may be right for you if:
- You have severe heartburn not helped by proton-pump inhibitors (PPI), medications to reduce gastric acid.
- You still experience symptoms while on PPI medication.
- You experience significant side effects with PPI therapy.
- You are concerned about the increased health risks associated with taking PPIs long term.
- You do not want the more traditional Nissen fundoplication surgical procedure to strengthen the barrier that normally prevents reflux by altering the anatomy.
- You do not want surgery or an implant (Stretta specifically).
- You have had bariatric surgery in the past and now have limited GERD treatment options because of altered anatomy (Stretta specifically).