Treatment options for GERD often depend on the severity of the condition and may include the following:

Lifestyle Modifications

Changes in lifestyle may relieve GERD symptoms in some patients.

  • Eliminate coffee, alcohol, smoking
  • Avoid eating close to bedtime
  • Sleep with the head of the bed elevated
  • Eliminate spicy or fatty foods, and citrus or tomato products

Prescription Medications

These medications provide symptomatic relief, but are generally required for the lifetime of the patient.

  • The following drugs work by decreasing acid production:

- Proton pump inhibitors
- H2-receptor antagonists

Anti-Reflux Surgery

This surgery involves wrapping the stomach around the esophagus to improve the barrier function of the lower esophageal sphincter.

  • 2-4 hour procedure
  • General anesthesia
  • 1-4 day hospital stay
  • 1-3 weeks back to work

The Stretta Procedure

Stretta is an effective outpatient procedure for patients who prefer a less invasive therapy.

  • 45 minute procedure
  • Outpatient, no hospital stay
  • 1-2 days back to work

For those who suffer from chronic heartburn and are considering a surgical intervention, Stretta may be an optimal and less invasive option for you.