More evidence that PPIs may increase risk for heart disease

More evidence that PPIs may increase risk for heart disease

There has been a lot of news regarding the long term risk of reflux medications lately. These risks include dementia, kidney disease, osteoporosis, colon infections, lung infections….. There is another risk associated with taking reflux medications (PPIs, or Proton Pump Inhibitors such as prilosec, prevacid, nexium, omeprazole, dexilant….) and that is cardiovascular disease which includes […]

A New Approach for Treating GERD and Heartburn

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux, and heartburn are two very common issues that affect the live of countless people on a daily basis. Treatments for these issues are seeing advancements thanks to the invention of new technologies and a better understanding of how to treat these conditions. The LESS GERD EndoStim […]

How Achalasia Affects the Esophagus

Achalasia is a very frustrating disease that many patients have to deal with. There is no known cause for this condition, it occurs equally in both men and women, and it can affect an individual at any stage in their life. Achalasia can severely damage the esophagus in two ways. This disease destroys nerve fibers […]

Stretta Meta Analysis shows Excellent Results

Mederi Therapeutics today announced the publication of a meta-analysis of 28 studies, representing 2468 patients who received Stretta Therapy to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The study entitled, “Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Controlled and Prospective Cohort Efficacy Studies of Endoscopic Radiofrequency for Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease“, was published in Surgical Endoscopy. Authors included Ronnie Fass, MD, head of […]

Gaining a Comprehensive Understanding of the Extent of Your Gastric Reflux

In order to provide our patients with the best possible gastric reflux treatments we can, we need a comprehensive evaluation of your condition and symptoms. There are a few tests that need to be done to ensure GERD is the proper diagnosis. These tests include an esophageal motility, an endoscopy, and a pH test. We can […]

Don’t Ignore That Persistent Sore Throat

When you have a small but persistent symptom like a sore or irritated throat, it can be easy to ignore by thinking it will go away in a few days or that it is just a little cough and nothing serious. However, these small symptoms can be a sign of a more significant issue that […]

What Is a Hiatal Hernia?

A hernia is a very common medical condition that occurs when an organ in the body bulges through an abnormal cavity in the wall of the tissue that surrounds the organ. When this occurs in the upper part of the stomach, it can force the stomach upward into the space that is normally occupied by […]

How Barrett’s Esophagus Increases Your Risk of Esophageal Cancer

There are many factors that can increase your risk of esophageal cancer. Preexisting abnormalities and conditions can predispose a person to esophageal cancer. Barrett’s esophagus is a condition that must be treated before it increases your risk of cancer. Barrett’s esophagus occurs as a result of long-standing reflux in the body. In order to protect […]

Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery – Complete and Total Care

Dr. Reginald Bell founded with one major goal in mind: to provide as many patients as possible with proper care and treatment for any and all of their foregut issues. That is why every aspect of has been designed to cater to the needs of our patients. is the only center in the region that […]

What Are the Symptoms of GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as acid reflux disease, occurs when an excess of stomach juice in the body rises up through the esophagus. Acid reflux can cause a number of issues that severely affect your quality of life. Those who suffer from acid reflux disease experience heartburn, chest pains, and indigestion. Acid reflux can […]

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