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When Does Acid Reflux Require Surgery?

Did you know that acid reflux affects about a third of American adults on a weekly basis? This common condition can cause uncomfortable symptoms, which we can treat in a few different ways. 

At Wyoming Medical Associates, our board-certified surgeon, Jacob Rinker, MD, FACS, and the rest of our professional team are acid reflux specialists. We understand your discomfort and have the expertise to provide the care you need.

Common symptoms of acid reflux include occasional heartburn or indigestion, which you can usually treat with over-the-counter or prescription medications. 

Lifestyle changes may help you control symptoms. Such changes include eating smaller meals, keeping your weight within a healthy range, and not smoking. But if you have serious symptoms, you could have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which might require surgery.

When we may recommend surgery

If you have severe acid reflux and don’t respond well to medication or other nonsurgical methods of treatment, surgery might be your answer. Symptoms that may cause the need for surgery include:

If these symptoms occur after you have changed your diet or after you’ve taken medications for acid reflux, we can discuss your surgical options and work with you on the best solution.

Types of surgery for acid reflux

Dr. Rinker and our expert team of specialists provide three types of surgery for acid reflux. The type surgery you need is contingent on the cause of your acid reflux and its severity. 

They include:

Surgery for a hernia

If you’ve experienced a hiatal hernia, Dr. Rinker repairs the hole in your diaphragm and strengthens it to avoid issues in the future.

Laparoscopic antireflux surgery

If medical treatments haven’t been successful for reducing or eliminating your acid reflux, we can perform surgery on your lower esophageal sphincter. This minimally invasive surgery creates a valve mechanism at the bottom of your esophagus to correct your gastroesophageal reflux.

During a consultation with you, we discuss your options. After an examination, we personalize your treatment to make sure you get the best outcome for your condition. Our team monitors you throughout your treatments and afterward to ensure successful results.

To learn about the right treatment for your acid reflux, contact us today to schedule an appointment at our Gillette or Casper, Wyoming, locations. If a telehealth consultation is more convenient, we can help you set it up.

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