Acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are closely related, but the terms aren't necessarily interchangeable.
Acid reflux is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus the tube that connects the throat and stomach. Acid reflux is more specifically known as gastroesophageal reflux. During an episode of acid reflux, you may taste regurgitated food or sour liquid at the back of your mouth or feel a burning sensation in your chest (heartburn). Sometimes acid reflux progresses to GERD, a more severe form of reflux. The most common symptom of GERD is frequent heartburn. Other signs and symptoms may include regurgitation of food or sour liquid, difficulty swallowing, coughing, wheezing and chest pain especially while lying down at night. If you have occasional acid reflux, lifestyle changes can help. Lose excess weight, eat smaller meals, and avoid foods that seem to trigger heartburn such as fried or fatty foods, chocolate and peppermint. Avoiding alcohol and nicotine may help, too. If necessary, occasional acid reflux can be treated with over-the-counter medication. If you suspect that you have GERD, your signs and symptoms worsen, or you experience nausea, vomiting or difficulty swallowing, talk to your doctor. Prescription medications may help. In a few cases, GERD may be treated with surgery or other procedures.
Thank you for your question.My name is Ilhan. I am the patient coordinator for Memorial Hizmet Hospital ISTANBUL-TURKEY.The response from Dr. Tuğrul Demirel,MD,Beriatric&Metabolic Surgeon is as follows;
DEFİNİTELY YES. GERD is defined as GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE. A functional valve mechanism is present between esophagus and gastric cardia. This functional/anatomical muscle system can be defected. In some occasions a hiatal hernia (Migration of stomach in to the thoracal cavity) might accompany the situation. We perform laparoscopic anti-reflux procedures for these kind of patients. Because if there is a hernia, no medication can cure the defect. Laparoscopic Nisssen Fundoplication is a short, effective and feasible solution for GERD.
Tugrul Demirel, M.D.
Bariatric & Metabolic Surgeon
Memorial Hizmet Hospital
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