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Expert Surgeons

Expert Surgeons

I was researching reflux surgery on the internet one night and I came across a surgeon who was an “expert” in reflux surgery. I went to his website and this is what was listed as his expertise: Adrenalectomy Appendicitis Breast Surgery Cancer Surgery Colorectal Surgery Endoscopy & Colonoscopy Esophagus Surgery Gallbladder Surgery GERD Surgery Hernia […]

Can Heartburn Medications Kill You?

There are now multiple class action lawsuits against the makers of reflux medications like Nexium. There are now multiple studies linking these medications to heart disease, kidney disease, dementia, vitamin deficiencies and more. This was recently posted on Youtube: An estimated 15 million Americans are currently taking drugs like Nexium which work to control heartburn, […]

How to manage acid reflux without PPIs

Roughly 15 million Americans use PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) to control symptoms of acid reflux. Though they may reduce symptoms like heartburn, PPIs – which include the popular OTC drugs Prilosec and Nexium – have been associated with serious side effects when used long-term. Fortunately, there are a number of lifestyle changes that have been […]

LESS GERD Clinical Study of the EndoStim System

is participating in the LESS GERD clinical study of the EndoStim system. The LESS GERD study is being conducted at multiple sites across the U.S. to evaluate the effect of the EndoStim system on reflux patients who continue to have symptoms like heartburn and regurgitation despite taking medication every day. The EndoStim system is a […]

Blue Cross Blue Shield Now Covers the LINX Procedure!

Exciting news for reflux surgery candidates! The LINX Reflux Management System is now covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. LINX is offered as an alternative to surgical fundoplication for the treatment of GERD, and is now available to over 15 million BCBS members. LINX is a new, […]

Clinical Trials May Provide Access to New Technology for Treating GERD

There have been recent advances in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The FDA has approved Stretta, EsophyX, and the LINX Reflux Management System to address the leaky valve that causes reflux, or the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Even though these are all FDA approved, insurance may not cover these procedures, despite data showing […]

Why Surgery Is the Right Choice for Acid Reflux Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with acid reflux, you have probably tried reflux medications, such as Prilosec OTC or a prescription medication like Nexium, to help with your symptoms. The reason these medications relieve symptoms for some patients is because they reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces. The fluid from your stomach refluxed […]

New Study: PPI Drugs for GERD Can Increase Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease

Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are a category of medications used to treat the symptoms of acid reflux disease (also known as GERD). Two of the most popular drugs available over-the-counter to treat reflux – Prilosec OTC and Nexium – are PPIs. PPIs are also very commonly prescribed to reflux patients in higher doses, and […]

Patient Testimonial: LINX Reflux Management System

Dear Dr. Bell, I want to let you know your service and staff have treated me better than any office I have ever been affiliated with. The staff was extraordinary in explaining the procedure and worked hard to assure everything was as perfect as could be. As for the surgery, I could not have asked […]

GERD and Barrett’s esophagus have made my quality of life awful – I really want a cure!

Many adults either ignore their acid reflux symptoms or simply treat them with daily medications, allowing for the potential of disease progression. Although complications such as Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer only impact a small percentage of GERD patients, many more people experience a serious deterioration in their quality of life as they age. For […]

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