Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery End-of-Summer Updates

Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery End-of-Summer Updates

As summer is winding down, we have a lot of exciting updates for you: CALIBER study: This is a randomized controlled trial that is sponsored by Torax, the maker of LINX. We were the first practice in the country to enroll patients in this study. We’re very excited to be able to offer this to […]

Success Story: Hiatal Hernia Surgery

“I just wanted to tell you thank you so much for giving me a much better life quality than I have had for as long as I can remember. I know I am on the road to recovery and will certainly follow all of the instructions that you have given me. Please tell Dr. Bell […]

The Difference Between LPR and GERD

Reflux is when liquid comes up from the stomach into the esophagus and causes symptoms. The most common symptoms are heartburn, chest pain, and regurgitation. Some patients have abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and other GI symptoms as well. LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux) is when liquid from the stomach comes all the way up the esophagus and […]

Food Tips for Patients with GERD

There are so many suggestions on what to eat and what not to eat when you have reflux… No chocolate, no red wine, no tomato products, no citrus. There is an interesting fact about these recommendations: None of them are based on science. There aren’t any studies to prove that patients with reflux who avoid […]

LINX Reflux Management System for GERD Treatment

Reflux results from a weak valve between the esophagus and stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter). The gold standard surgery to fix this valve is the Nissen fundoplication. This surgery has been performed for over 50 years and works very well at treating reflux. The down side to this surgery is that there is a potential […]

Success Story: GERD Surgery

“I feel so fortunate to have been referred to Dr. Bell at after suffering with GERD for over 25 years and taking numerous PPIs that seemed to work only for a while. The staff at Dr. Bell’s office is so nice to work with. Kate is so knowledgeable and loves her work. My surgical options […]

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 […]

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