Treatment for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
At Cheyenne Regional, we offer three different treatment options to patients seeking relief from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD):
- LINX® System procedure
- Nissen Fundoplication surgery
- Help determining the correct medication for treating GERD
To learn more about the GERD treatment options available at Cheyenne Regional, please call (307) 632-1114.
Nissen Fundoplication procedure
During a Nissen Fundoplication procedure, the upper portion of a patient’s stomach is completely wrapped (plicated) around the bottom of their lower esophagus and then stitched into place, creating a strong barrier that prevents stomach acid from backing into the esophagus.
While treating GERD or acid reflux with medication can be effective, many medications require long-term use to prevent a relapse in symptoms.
Typical treatment methods include the use of:
- Antacids to neutralize stomach acid
- Medications that reduce acid production for short periods of time, such as H2 blockers
- Medications that reduce acid production for long periods of time, such as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
Medications that reduce or block stomach acid provide longer-lasting relief but may also require increasing doses for the same level of relief.
Additionally, like many strong medications, PPIs have been shown to have side effects. Some studies have suggested that PPIs may contribute to osteoporosis, vitamin B12 deficiency, PPI-associate pneumonia, and an increased susceptibility to dangerous bacterium in the stomach.
In cases where medication is not effective, further measures like surgery may be recommended.