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Relief from heartburn or GERD

Cause of heartburn or GERD

More than 15 million Americans experience heartburn daily. This occurs when muscles in the lower end of the esophagus weaken or relax abnormally. Stomach acid backs up and causes a burning sensation in the chest, a sour taste in the mouth and the feeling of food coming back up.

Chronic heartburn can lead to serious complications

Left untreated, chronic heartburn can result in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD can also cause chest pain, difficulty swallowing, chronic cough, anemia and ulcers. Over a period of years, GERD can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that increases the risk of esophageal cancer.

New therapy is more effective

Our board-certified gastroenterologists can help you overcome your discomfort and return to living your life. We usually begin treatment with medical management of the reflux, but surgical repair may be the best choice in certain cases. One of the newer, more effective treatments we perform is Barrett’s ablation therapy. It uses radiofrequency ablation, a far less invasive treatment. Over 75% of patients who have received this treatment are free of Barrett’s after one or two treatments. More than 98% of patients continue to be free of Barrett’s after two and a half years.

Our specialists will endeavor to uncover and correct the underlying cause of your heartburn instead of just treating your symptoms. Don’t let chronic heartburn undermine your health and lifestyle. Call the team of experienced, compassionate specialists at East Valley Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

Get advanced treatment for heartburn and other digestive problems at East Valley Gastroenterology & Hepatology Associates. Call us at 480.786.6655 or use our online form to schedule your consultation.

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