WHAT IS ACID REFLUX?
Acids in the stomach aid in digestion. Hydrochloric acid is produced by the parietal (oxyntic) cells during digestion and this acid activates the pepsinogen enzyme, which breaks down the food consumed and starts the process of digestion.
While in most cases, the gastric acid is restricted within the stomach, sometimes, it reaches the esophagus and the throat, creating a burning sensation in the body. This is called acid reflux – a condition where the acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus and the throat.
DON'T SUFFER WITH ACID REFLUX
Living with acid reflux can be quite challenging and can detract from your everyday life. Contact Dr. Val Prokurat and his highly-experienced team at NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions for the best acid reflux surgery New Jersey has to offer. We have extensive experience in successfully treating acid reflux. Surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD is also called fundoplication or Nissen fundoplication.
WHAT IS HEARTBURN?
Heartburn is described as a burning, harsh sensation in the area in between your ribs or just below the neck. This feeling may radiate through the chest and into the throat and neck. Many adults living with this condition report experiencing this uncomfortable, burning sensation at least once a month.
HEARTBURN AND GERD
Although “heartburn” is often used to describe a number of digestive problems, in medical terms, it is actually a symptom of GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease. This occurs predominantly due to severe or chronic acid reflux.
In this condition, stomach acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing the sensitive muscles and tissues in the esophagus to burn and get damaged. This condition is usually experienced when we consume foods which stimulate the production of more acids, like caffeine, citrus, spices and oily foods. Another reason for high acid reflux and the onset of GERD is if you’ve had a Heller Myotomy to treat a swallowing condition and have not undergone the acid reflux surgery.
CONSEQUENCES OF NOT TREATING IN TIME
Not treating acid reflux induced heartburn can create serious complications like stomach & esophageal ulcers, stomach bleeding, esophageal scarring and more. One of the most severe consequences of GERD is Barrett’s Esophagus, a condition where the patient develops a cancerous growth on their esophagus. However, there is no cause for concern. Treating heartburn in time can prevent the onset of Barrett’s Esophagus.
Remember, burning in the chest, throat and stomach is just one of the symptoms of heartburn and GERD. Other symptoms can also include coughing or wheezing, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms (or a combination of them), acid reflux surgery at New Jersey Advanced Surgical Solutions immediately for treatment.
HOW IS HEARTBURN TREATED WITH SURGERY?
Medication is usually the most common form of treating heartburn. However, medication in the form of pills and syrups have only a temporary healing effect. Heartburn Specialist Dr. Val Prokurat treats the root cause of acid reflux rather than masking the symptoms that pills typically do.
TREATMENT WITH DR. PROKURAT
He specializes in performing the laparoscopic fundoplication surgery, aka, acid reflux surgery, which can provide you with a more permanent solution to heartburn, vomiting and pain. The laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery (commonly referred to as Laparoscopic Nissen or Toupet Fundoplication) involves reinforcing the “valve” between the stomach and the esophagus by wrapping the upper portion of the stomach around the lowest portion of the esophagus. Board Certified and highly trained, Dr. Prokurat performs many of these procedures every year to patients living near Central New Jersey. With offices in Freehold, Hamilton and West Long Branch, New Jersey, we are a short drive away on your journey to heartburn relief!
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR ACID REFLUX SURGERY?
If you experience GERD or acid reflux symptoms more than twice a week, schedule a consultation with Dr. Prokurat to see if the acid reflux surgery New Jersey Advanced Surgical Solutions provides is the right treatment option for you. After surgery, a majority of our patients report an elimination of all atypical acid reflux induced symptoms and use of medications related to heartburn.
DA VINCI® ACID REFLUX SURGERY
At our center, the doctor uses the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System to perform the acid reflux surgery. This includes using telescopic cameras and surgical instruments to perform the surgery.
If your acid reflux symptoms are severe and cannot be eased with medicine or lifestyle changes, you can consult your doctor regarding this operation. In many cases this surgery can lead to long-term control of acid reflux.
A HERNIA MAY BE CAUSING YOUR ACID REFLUX
If a hiatal hernia is causing the GERD symptoms, the surgeon may also repair the hernia during this operation. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of your stomach pushes up into your diaphragm muscle.
During the GERD fundoplication surgery, the doctor will sedate you using general anesthesia. He will use the da Vinci® system to get visualization into your esophagus and stomach. He will then wrap the upper curve of your stomach (fundus) around the esophagus (tube that carries food and liquids from your mouth to your stomach).
RELIEF FROM HEARTBURN THROUGH SURGERY
Once he does this, the surgeon will stitch the stomach and esophagus into place. Doing this strengthens the valve located between your esophagus and stomach, which stops acid from rising into the esophagus as easily.
There is no reason to continue suffering from acid reflux. Get the help you need to restore the joy and happiness and especially pain-free lifestyle you deserve. Dr. Prokurat at NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions is here for you. Contact us for more information.