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Common questions about acid reflux and hiatus hernia surgery

Luckily, acid reflux and heartburn are usually temporary problems. However, when they become part of your daily or weekly routine it's time to seek specialist advice... At times of overindulgence, such as Christmas parties, almost everyone can suffer from acid reflux. Commonly referred to as heartburn and caused by acid coming back up the gullet from the stomach. For most patients, it's a sensation which lasts only a few minutes, but for others in can be a persistent problem with every meal. Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) can affect men and women of any age and can get progressively worse.   Specialist Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon Mr Ewen Griffiths regularly performs endoscopy and operations for reflux disease or hiatus hernias. Here he answers some questions about the problem and potential solutions... Q1 At what stage would you advise someone with Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease to see their GP? If someone is regularly suffering from heartburn or regurgitation. First stage [...]

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What to do when you get severe heartburn or indigestion

How to find out if you need anti-reflux surgery: John came to my clinic recently to discuss his heartburn. Medically this is known as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. It's when acid from the stomach ‘refluxes’ up the oesophagus and causes symptoms. John was finding his symptoms of burning in the lower chest were made worse after: Eating a large meal, Drinking lots of tea or coffee At night when lying down in bed Some patients occasionally taste acid at the back of their throats especially when bending over. Like many patients, John had been to his GP to discuss the issue and been put on ‘proton pump inhibitors or PPI's. These are medications like omeprazole or lansoprazole which block the ‘acid or proton pump’ in the stomach so the stomach reduces its acid production. John had been on this medication for many years and wanted to discuss a more permanent solution to his problem with surgery. [...]