Drugs and Surgery for GERD

Medications as GERD Remedies

As part of your GERD treatment, your doctor may need to prescribe medications that lower the amount of acid your stomach produces. Other medications help the lower esophageal sphincter to contract more, closing off the opening between the esophagus and the stomach.
 
Sometimes, it's actually another medication you are already taking that is causing the problem. In these cases, you may be able to stop taking such a medication. However, this depends on what the medication is and why you need to take it. For these reasons, the decision to stop taking a medication should be discussed with your doctor first.
 
(Click Medication for GERD to learn more.)
 

Using Surgery to Treat GERD

If a combination of dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and treatment with drugs is not effective, GERD surgery may be recommended. This surgery, known medically as "fundoplication," is a procedure in which the lower esophageal sphincter is tightened.
 
This surgery can be done with laparoscopic techniques (a special video camera is used), which often leave smaller scars. There are also a couple of newer options available for people considering surgery as a GERD remedy.
 

Final Thoughts

While having heartburn can be uncomfortable, it's rarely life-threatening. However, the symptoms can significantly reduce the quality of your life. The remedy for GERD you choose may depend on how frequent and serious your symptoms are, and how much they interfere with your life.
 
Most people find that a combination of lifestyle changes and medications provide both short- and long-term control of their symptoms.
 

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