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Treatment of GERD for Patients Affected by Obesity

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a common disorder among obese patients. GERD is associated with chronic heartburn and acid indigestion that can be painful and cause damage to the esophagus. Danny Shouhed, M.D. offers effective treatment of GERD for patients affected by obesity at our medical facility in Los Angeles.

What Is GERD?

GERD is a disorder of the esophageal sphincter, or LES, which is the muscle that controls the entrance of the esophagus into the stomach. When working correctly, the LES opens to allow food into the stomach, then closes to keep stomach acid from coming up into the esophagus. With GERD, the LES is dysfunctional or weak, allowing gastroesophageal reflux (backflow of the stomach contents into the esophagus) to occur. This can damage the tissue in the esophagus and allow stomach contents to backup to the windpipe and mouth. Symptoms or signs of GERD include:

  • Heartburn
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Voice hoarseness or laryngitis
  • Regurgitation
  • Asthma irritation or wheezing
  • Nocturnal choking
  • Excessive flatulence, burping or belching

There are many treatments available to control GERD. One of the proven treatments of GERD for patients affected by obesity is losing weight. Lifestyle changes such as eating smaller meals and avoiding certain substances that affect the LES like alcohol, soda, coffee and chocolate can help control GERD. Also, bariatric surgery can be used to address LES disorders, hiatal hernias and other GERD-related problems. Bariatric surgery can not only be used as a tool to lose weight, but it also correct hiatal hernias and LES dysfunction that can cause GERD.

Minimally-Invasive GERD Treatment Options

Dr. Danny Shouhed specializes in minimally-invasive gastrointestinal surgery that offers fewer risks and quicker recovery for patients than open surgery. Most GERD surgical treatments can be performed using laparoscopic methods, using only tiny incisions to access the stomach and esophagus. Dr. Shouhed has extensive experience performing complex GI surgeries to repair the LES or paraesophageal hernias to relieve GERD. Some of the possible treatments for patients with GERD include:

If you are obese and have GERD, there are effective treatment options to lose weight and control your digestive disorder. Contact us at our office in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation and exam with Dr. Shouhed to discuss GERD and obesity treatment.

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Danny Shouhed, M.D. Minimally-Invasive General and Bariatric Surgery Specialist

Performing advanced treatments or surgery for abdominal and gastrointestinal disorders are our specialties at the practice of Danny Shouhed, M.D. Dr. Shouhed is a highly respected, board certified general surgeon that is one of the leaders in robotic abdominal surgery in the country. If you have a gastrointestinal disorder or are considering bariatric surgery, contact Danny Shouhed, MD, a minimally-invasive general and bariatric surgery specialist, in Los Angeles.

The digestive and metabolic systems are extremely complex and intertwined throughout the abdominal cavity. Any treatments or surgeries involving the digestive tracts and connected organs must be carefully planned and executed to minimize risks and improve the outcome of the procedure. Dr. Shouhed is one of the top GI and bariatric surgeons in Los Angeles, specializing in using robotic technology and minimally-invasive techniques to perform precise and complex surgical procedures. Using these advanced methods can reduce risks and recovery time for our patients for better treatment results.

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To learn more about treatment for GERD, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shouhed.

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