Archive for June, 2015

Reflux Medication (PPIs) Increases the Risk of Heart Attack

After reviewing the records of 2.9 million patients, researchers found that people who take proton pump inhibitors (Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Dexilant, etc) are 16-21% more likely to suffer from a myocardial infarction (a heart attack). They determined that for every 4357 people who used PPIs for 14 days, there would be one additional heart attack […]

Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery Office Updates

Welcome back, Natalie: We are happy to welcome Natalie back for the summer. Natalie’s a college student and is interested in going to school to be a physician assistant (PA). She has worked with us while on her breaks from school for 3 years now. When not helping Dr Bell with research projects, she helps […]

Medical Marijuana: Is It Safe?

lization of marijuana in Colorado, we wanted to share a few of our thoughts on marijuana use: Multiple studies show that marijuana use impairs overall cognition (the ability to learn and retain information). This is especially true in the younger population – under the age of 25, as the brain is still maturing. One study […]

Why Test for Gastroparesis Before Antireflux Surgery?

We started testing for gastroparesis before any antireflux surgery and have been surprised at the number of patients that have delayed gastric emptying, but do not have typical gastroparesis symptoms (ie nausea, vomiting). There have been a few studies recently published that show how antireflux surgery can break down faster if gastroparesis is present. If […]

How Experienced Is Your GERD Surgeon?

I saw a post on Facebook of a patient who had surgery a year ago and has had problems swallowing since then (dysphagia). For this patient, it is causing awful chest pains, excessive weight loss, and overall worse quality of life than before surgery. She stated she wished she never had surgery and just lived […]

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