A healthy digestive system is essential for the body to function properly. Woodland Heights Medical Center offers gastrointestinal (GI) services, including endoscopy, to help doctors diagnose and treat GI issues and get your digestive system back on track.
Our GI services primarily focus on the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a digestive disorder that is caused by gastric acid flowing from the stomach into the esophagus. Click here to take our reflux symptom test and see if you could be at risk.
Heartburn, also called acid indigestion, is the most common symptom of GERD. Heartburn is described as a burning chest pain that begins behind the breastbone and moves upward to the neck and throat. It can last as long as two hours and is often worse after eating. Lying down or bending over can also result in heartburn.
Most children younger than 12 years of age (and some adults) diagnosed with GERD will experience a dry cough, asthma symptoms or trouble swallowing. Heartburn pain is less likely to be associated with physical activity.
The symptoms of GERD may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
Specific treatment for GERD will be determined by your physician based on:
Treatment options include:
Woodland Heights Medical Center offers a minimally invasive surgical treatment option for GERD. The TIF procedure does not require any incisions and is designed to eliminate heartburn. Click here to learn more about heartburn surgery.
For more information on GERD, please consult with your doctor or find one here.
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Lufkin, TX 75904