Acid Reflux Disease (GERD) (cont.)
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Is There Surgery to Treat Acid Reflux (GERD)?
Surgery is never the first option for treating GERD. Changes in lifestyle, diet, and habits, nonprescription antacids, and prescription medications all must be tried before resorting to surgery. Only if all else fails is surgery recommended. Because lifestyle changes and medications work well in most people, surgery is done on only a small number of people.
The operation used most often for GERD is called fundoplication.
What About Acid Reflux (GERD) Aftercare?
For best results, follow the advice of your health-care professional concerning medication and lifestyle.
Can Acid Reflux (GERD) be Prevented?
The best and safest way to prevent reflux disease from occurring is to change the things that cause reflux.
What is the Prognosis for a Person with Acid Reflux (GERD)?
Reflux disease (GERD) is treatable, but relapses are common, especially if you do not change your lifestyle.
Complications of acid reflux can include any of the following. Most of these are rare, but GERD can be the first step toward any of them. The best treatment for any of these is prevention.
Last Editorial Review: 10/12/2015
P John Simic, MD
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