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If you are suffering from GERD, the good news is that there are many treatment options available. Treatment options for GERD include:
Diet and lifestyle modifications
We will determine the treatment option that is best for you based upon a number of factors, including your medical history and the frequency of your GERD symptoms.
GERD Treatments: Lifestyle and Diet Modification
Before exploring medical and surgical options, we may suggest making small changes to your diet and lifestyle. Many people are successful in managing the frequency of their GERD through dietary and lifestyle changes, allowing them to avoid surgery.
Some lifestyle and diet modifications that can help lessen the frequency of GERD may include:
Losing weight, not overeating and eating more slowly
Not going to bed with a full stomach
Wearing loose-fitting clothing
Reducing alcohol consumption
Gastrointestinal issues are often associated with unintended weight loss and malnutrition. At Stanford, we have a dedicated team of nutritionists who can help add low-acid foods to your diet or help you lose weight. Learn more about medical nutritional therapy at Stanford.
GERD Treatments: Medication
If diet and lifestyle modification do not help alleviate your symptoms, we may suggest medication. Some over-the-counter and prescription drugs are helpful in treating GERD. These may include
H2 blockers to reduce acid production
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to reduce acid production
GERD Treatments: Surgery
If we determine that surgery is the most effective way to treat your GERD, you can feel confident knowing that our surgeons are among the most experienced in the country.
We use a minimally invasive approach whenever possible. In fact, experts at the Esophagus Center perform more minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication, than anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Some of the surgical options we offer include:
Esophagus reconstruction: Reconstructing the natural barrier between your stomach and esophagus with the help of the Stretta® device.
Collis gastroplasty: This procedure lengthens your esophagus to allow enough surface space to perform a fundoplication procedure. You may need Collis gastroplasty if you have a shortened esophagus due to Barrett's esophagus or other forms of injury.
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