Other indications for surgery are occasional cases of erosive esophagitis that do not improve with drug therapy, strictures that recur despite treatment, or pneumonia or recurrent respiratory problems due to acid reflux that don't improve with drug therapy. The goal of surgery is to tighten the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) -- the muscle connecting the esophagus and stomach that acts as a barrier to protect the esophagus against the backflow of gastric acid from the stomach. The operations are generally effective and can eliminate the need for all GERD medications for some time.
- Q Are there side effects to treatments for GERD and heartburn?
- Q What happens during TIF surgery?
- Q How is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) treated?
- Q What medications treat acid reflux?
- Q How long is it safe to stay on GERD medication?
- Q What will happen if I don't treat my acid reflux?