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Acid Reflux - Is Surgery The Best Solution?

Feb 7, 2008
Acid reflux is a problem that stays with someone for life. It's caused by a weak lower esophageal sphincter and allows fluids to rise from the stomach into the esophagus which cause corrosive damage because of the acid content.

The most common symptom of acid reflux is the agony of heartburn, but there are other health risks associated with it such as Barrett's esophagus, erosive esophagitis and esophageal cancer.

But all of that may change. There is a new surgical procedure that is finding its way into clinics across the nation which may help to snuff out acid reflux for those who undergo the surgery. Known as the Plicator procedure, this treatment option requires a mere twenty minutes and is an outpatient procedure. Does it sound too good to be true? Heres a simple explanation of what exactly happens when one undergoes a Plicator procedure.

- The Plicator, which is a small electronic device, is placed on the end of an endoscopy tube. Endoscopies are a simple procedure performed by doctors in which a tube is lowered into the digestive tract via the mouth while the patient is in a state of conscious sedation.

- Once the Plicator reaches the stomach, it is used to grab the tissue located between the stomach and the esophagus. It then closes its "arms", crimping the tissue. A suture is placed to hold the tissue in place.

- This results in a tighter opening between the stomach and esophagus, helping the lower esophageal sphincter to maintain the passageway more easily.

Thats all there is to it! People who undergo the procedure generally experience no ill effects, and can often return to regular levels of activity the following day. Research studies were conducted at several institutes to help determine the efficiency of the procedure when it comes to relieving heartburn.

These studies showed that prescription heartburn medications could be eliminated in 70% of the patients who had the procedure done. Plus, 80% of the patients who had the procedure done showed improvements in their reflux symptoms afterwards.

The effects of the surgery are seen very quickly. Within several days following the procedure, most people were able to decrease their heartburn medication. Sore throats and abdominal pain occurred in some patients, but only lasted for a few days. If this sounds like a procedure that would help you with your acid reflux, talk to your doctor about it and get their informed advice.
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Are you searching for the most effective acid reflux cure? Find out what you can do to get rid of the pain of heartburn and other symptoms at the Reflux Renegade website. Visit http://www.refluxrenegade.com for more helpful information.
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