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 into your esophagus contains acid, so reducing the acid in the fluid can sometimes help with symptoms. However, this is a problem because our bodies were made to have acid in our stomach for a reason. We are learning more and more that these medications negatively affect us and may lead to problems such as dementia, osteoporosis, and other complications.
Reflux is actually caused by a valve between the stomach and esophagus (the lower esophageal sphincter or LES) not working properly — NOT by too much acid production by the stomach. In order to address the true cause of the disease, the valve needs to be fixed and the only way to do that is surgically.
At Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery, we first make sure that we have the correct diagnosis by testing for reflux. We have a state-of-the-art testing facility with the latest technology to assist us in making the most accurate diagnosis. We are also the only facility in the region to offer all of the testing on site. This enables Dr. Bell to have the most accurate results immediately at his fingertips, as well as convenience for our patients.
Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery is the only facility in the region with experience in the newest technologies available in the treatment of reflux. These newer procedures offer excellent control of reflux with fewer side effects and complications than traditional surgery.
If you would like to learn if you are a candidate for these procedures, call our office today at 303-788-7700, or contact us online, to arrange a consultation with Dr. Bell.