Treatment for GERD
- Diet and lifestyle changes
You should avoid foods that trigger your symptoms or make your acid reflux worse. You should also consider losing weight, quitting smoking, and reducing stress.
In many cases, your doctor may prescribe medications that lower the amount of acid your stomach produces. In other cases, your doctor may prescribe medicine that causes the lower esophageal sphincter to contract more, helping to close off the opening between the esophagus and the stomach.
GERD 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 GERD surgery.
(Click GERD Remedies for specific suggestions on how to change your diet and lifestyle to treat the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease.)