Expert Surgeons

Expert Surgeons

Published on September 29 by

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 […]

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Clinical Trials May Provide Access to New Technology for Treating GERD

Published on April 25 by

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 […]

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Why Surgery Is the Right Choice for Acid Reflux Treatment

Published on April 21 by

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 […]

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When the Doctor Becomes the Patient

Published on December 16 by

I am a surgeon who operates on patients to treat their GERD, and I am also a patient who has suffered from GERD for a number of years. With over 20 years in practice as a Board Certified General Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, I have seen the pain and suffering […]

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What to Expect Before and After Reflux Surgery

Published on December 14 by

Before Surgery: Prior to surgery, most patients will be placed on a liquid diet for 7-10 days. This diet helps deplete the glycogen stores in the liver, making the liver shrink and become less fragile. This is helpful in surgery as we have to lift up the left side of the liver in order to […]

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Important Things to Know Before Your Reflux Surgery

Published on December 11 by

If you have surgery on your knee, it is possible that you would need another procedure down the road as you get older. The same is true for reflux surgery. Surgery for reflux is a reconstructive procedure. We take tissue that has already failed once and use that tissue to complete the procedure. Over time […]

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Food Tips for Patients with GERD

Published on July 28 by

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 […]

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Success Story: GERD Surgery

Published on July 21 by

“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 […]

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