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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux and typically caused by heartburn and is a common medical condition in which stomach acid refluxes or flows out of the stomach and up into the esophagus. Our Staten Island, Bronx or Brooklyn based GERD & heartburn specialists can perform diagnostic procedures and treatments at any of our Triborough GI area clinics. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking form or call one of the offices in NYC at (718) 332-0600.

What causes heartburn?

Heartburn/GERD (acid reflux) is usually caused by a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a circular band of muscle between the stomach and the esophagus. It may also be caused by factors that affect stomach or esophagus function. For instance, an abnormal bulging of the stomach through the diaphragm, also known as a hiatal hernia.

What are the symptoms of acid reflux?

If you experience heartburn several times a week and the problem persists for a few weeks, you may have GERD. When exposed to stomach acid, the esophagus, vocal chords and lungs become irritated. This can cause symptoms such as:

  • Sore Throat
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Hoarseness
  • Breathing Problems
  • Coughing
  • Chest Pain
  • Heartburn
  • Bad Breath

Many patients find that their symptoms worsen when they lie down, often waking them during the night and interfering with their sleep. If you are experiencing symptoms of GERD, please call (718) 332-0600 today to speak with one of our Triborough GI specialist doctors.

How is GERD diagnosed?

Diagnostic testing may include an Upper Endoscopy to examine the inside of your esophagus and take tissue samples. You may also have an upper gastrointestinal X-ray or an ambulatory pH test.

The doctors at Triborough GI often perform a 48-hour BRAVO™ pH test to determine whether stomach acid is regurgitating into your esophagus. An endoscope is used to attach a small pH capsule to the lower part of your esophagus after which you wear a receiver around your waist for 48 hours.

The capsule measures the presence of stomach acid, then sends the information to the receiver. During your 48-hour test, you’ll also note when you eat, lie down, or have symptoms. The pH capsule naturally falls off the esophagus and passes through your digestive tract.

How are heartburn and GERD treated?

Common treatments for heartburn and GERD include changing your diet to avoid foods that weaken the LES or taking medications such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that lower stomach acid production.

These treatments may possibly make you feel better, but they do not treat the acid reflux that can cause further damage and/or symptoms. If left untreated, acid reflux will continue and may cause additional health problems, such as:

  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Esophageal cancer

Mild cases of acid reflux may respond to over-the-counter medications. However, GERD needs professional evaluation and treatment. When GERD is not properly treated, the acid damages your esophagus, causing inflammation, bleeding, ulcers and scarring. Over time, chronic inflammation may cause precancerous changes to the esophageal lining.

If your symptoms cannot be controlled by diet, medications or minimally invasive acid reflux treatments, the experts at Triborough GI may recommend surgery such as Fundoplication surgery to tighten the LES and prevent reflux.

If you suffer from heartburn or GERD, Triborough GI has the top NYC gastroenterologists in Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx. Our doctors provide only the most specialized and extensive care. Our motto is that the patient’s care comes first! A Triborough GI specialist will perform diagnostic procedures and help treat your heartburn at one of our triborough area clinics. 

Schedule an appointment at (718) 332-0600 today with one of our Triborough GI GERD specialists at our Brooklyn, Staten Island or Bronx locations for any questions or concerns you may have.