Understanding Reflux: What it is and How it Affects You

I have had the opportunity of treating innumerable patients with reflux disease and gastroesophageal reflux as a gastroenterologist at Medicana Health Group (GERD). Heartburn, regurgitation, and chest pain are frequent symptoms of reflux, a disorder that affects millions of individuals worldwide and has a negative influence on one's quality of life.

Our highly qualified gastroenterologists at Medicana Health Group are specialists in identifying and treating reflux. We can assist you in returning pain-free to your regular daily routine thanks to our cutting-edge facilities and technologies.

The Causes of Reflux

Reflux happens when the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), a muscle that divides the esophagus from the stomach, relaxes improperly. This enables the stomach's acidic contents to reflux into the esophagus, leading to reflux's well-known symptoms.

Eating large meals, reclining down after a meal, being overweight or obese, eating a heavy meal while lying on your back or leaning over at the waist, snacking right before bed, and consuming particular foods, such as fatty foods, citrus, chocolate, and spicy foods, are some of the significant causes of reflux.

The Signs of Acid Reflux

Reflux symptoms can range from minor to severe, and they might include:
Heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest that can spread to the throat. Other symptoms include chest discomfort, nausea, and a sour or bitter taste in the mouth. Regurgitation is the sensation of food coming back up into your mouth.

Diagnosing Reflux

The existence and severity of the condition are typically determined through several processes and evaluations during the diagnosis of reflux. The following components are often used in the process:
• Medical History Review: Your symptoms and any pertinent medical information, such as a family history of reflux or previous treatments for the illness, will be discussed with a doctor.
• Physical examination: This will be done to check for reflux symptoms and rule out other possible explanations for your symptoms.
• pH Monitoring: During a pH test, you wear a device that monitors the amount of acid in your esophagus over a day.
• Endoscopy: An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube with a light and camera connected to one end that is used during endoscopy, a diagnostic procedure. To study the inner organs or carry out surgery, the endoscope is put into the body through a small incision or a natural hole like the mouth or anus.

Endoscopy is frequently used to examine the esophagus, the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach, for symptoms of damage or inflammation caused by stomach acid reflux. An endoscopy may also reveal any underlying causes of reflux symptoms, such as a hiatal hernia.

The surgery is typically carried out while the patient is under conscious sedation, which keeps them awake but calm and pain-free. The doctor may do biopsies (small tissue samples) during the endoscopy if more testing is required.

Endoscopy is considered a safe and reliable way to identify reflux. It can also provide vital information for creating a successful treatment strategy. If you exhibit reflux symptoms, your doctor might advise an endoscopy for your diagnostic evaluation.

• The barium swallow test: This X-ray exam includes ingesting a contrast material and collecting images to see how it travels through the esophagus and into the stomach.
• Esophageal Manometry: This test gauges esophageal pressure and muscular contractions.
The combination of these diagnostic procedures enables medical professionals to identify the existence and degree of reflux and provide a tailored treatment strategy to effectively control your symptoms.

Treating Reflux

Reflux is treated by controlling the symptoms and lowering stomach acid production. The treatment objectives are symptom relief, esophageal healing, and avoidance of complications. Several of the therapies consist of:

• Lifestyle modifications: Making lifestyle modifications, such as cutting out trigger foods and beverages, dropping weight if you're overweight, and elevating your head of bed, can help lessen reflux symptoms.

• Medicines: Prescription drugs and over-the-counter antacids can help neutralize or lessen the quantity of stomach acid. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a class of drugs that diminish the amount of acid the stomach produces.

• Surgery: To manage reflux, surgery may be required in some circumstances. The Nissen fundoplication is the most often performed surgical operation, and it entails wrapping the upper portion of the stomach over the lower esophagus to form a barrier that stops acid reflux.

It is important to remember that the ideal reflux treatment strategy will depend on the patient's unique symptoms and medical history.

Why Choose Medicana for Reflux?

At Medicana Health Group, our highly qualified gastroenterologists are committed to giving our patients the best care. Modern equipment and cutting-edge technology enable us to identify and treat reflux accurately. Additionally, we prioritize your requirements because we are dedicated to providing patient-centered treatment.

Suppose you're a foreign patient, traveler, or expat in Turkey and choose Medicana for your reflux treatment. In that case, you can expect top-notch medical attention in a relaxing setting. Thanks to our bilingual personnel and international patient services, we are well-equipped to deliver an enjoyable and convenient experience for international patients, tourists, or expats seeking treatment for reflux. We make the procedure as easy and seamless as possible because we recognize the additional burden of traveling for medical care. Our skilled gastroenterologists and support personnel will collaborate closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan, considering your unique needs and concerns.

At Medicana, we are dedicated to providing the best possible patient care and support. If you're seeking a reputable and skilled gastroenterologist to help manage your reflux, call us at +90 850 460 1010 or email us at [email protected] to schedule a consultation.

Created at 11.10.2023 06:19
Updated at 21.05.2024 10:22
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