We have all experienced the pain and discomfort of heartburn, but for some, the sensation occurs much more often. This can indicate a serious problem with the stomach or esophagus that requires treatment. Dr. Danny Shouhed is a board-certified general surgeon who can offer advanced treatment for sufferers of heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), taking a whole body approach to the resolution of your distressing symptoms.
Unfortunately, many of the treats and indulgences that make up our daily life can result in the onset of heartburn. Consuming coffee, soda, alcohol, chocolate and fried or fatty foods can increase the risk of that uncomfortable burning sensation.
Smoking can also be a contributing factor, but the most often seen risk comes from being overweight or obese. These influences can weaken the LES muscle, which is the sphincter between the stomach and the esophagus, allowing acid from the stomach to leak into the esophagus. As the main component of stomach acid is hydrochloric acid, it is not surprising that this condition results in such suffering and agony.
Diagnosing and Treating Heartburn
Heartburn itself may not mean that you have developed GERD, though it is one of the main symptoms. Other symptoms include asthmatic wheezing, choking in the night, a hoarse or sore throat and difficulty swallowing. More embarrassing symptoms can include excessive gas and regurgitation.
Dr. Shouhed may begin with recommending non-invasive solutions to these symptoms, such as avoiding aggravating foods and quitting smoking. He could also advise eating smaller meals or not eating a few hours before going to sleep. Some medications can help these conditions, such as those that reduce acid in the stomach. These include H2 blockers and protein pump inhibitors.
Surgical Weight Loss Solutions for Heartburn or GERD
If your heartburn or GERD is caused by obesity, a procedure like bariatric surgery may be the most effective solution. Dr. Shouhed and his team will discuss your options regarding weight loss surgery and can offer surgical intervention. You would be in safe hands, as he has vast experience in preforming primary or revisionary bariatric surgery.
If you want to relieve yourself from the torment of heartburn, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Danny Shouhed at his Beverly Hills or Santa Monica practices today.
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