Chronic Heartburn or Reflux Treatment

Advanced Laparoscopic, Bariatric, Endoscopic & General Surgery

What is GERD?

If you have heartburn or reflux twice a week or more, you may have GERD. Heartburn is the most common symptom, but you may also experience:

    • Hoarseness or sore throat
    • Frequent swallowing
    • Asthma or asthma-like symptoms
    • Pain or discomfort in the chest
    • Sleep disruption
    • Bloating
    • Excessive clearing of the throat
    • Persistent cough
    • Burning in the mouth or throat
    • Intolerance of certain foods
    • Dental erosions or therapy-resistant gum disease or inflammation

Normally, after swallowing, a valve between the esophagus and the stomach opens to allow food to pass, then it closes to prevent stomach contents from "refluxing" back into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest. For people who suffer from GERD, the valve is dysfunctional and unable to prevent acid from refluxing into the esophagus.

Why pharmaceuticals are not a long-term solution
GERD today is typically treated with medications such as histamine receptor antagonists (H2 blockers), such as Pepcid, Tagamet and Zantac, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Nexium, Prilosec and Protonix. While often effective for short-term treatment, these medications can lose their effectiveness over time. They also don't treat the underlying root case of reflux, the deteriorated anatomy of the antireflux barrier, so life-long medication therapy is required. In addtion, recent studies on the adverse effects of long-term use of PPIs suggest a significantly higher incidence of hip fractures, particularly among women.

Surgical Treatment at GLSA
For people who have moderately severe to severe GERD, surgical intervention may be required. Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is now considered the standard surgical approach for treatment of severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Alma Office

Address:
Warwick Medical Plaza
315 Warwick Drive, #3
Alma, MI 48801

Phone: (989) 463-6699
Fax: (989) 466-2574

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

Mt. Pleasant Office

Address:
4851 E Pickard St
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Phone: (989) 463-6699
Fax: (989) 466-2574

Midland Office

Address:
MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland
Towsley Building
4201 Campus Ridge Drive, Suite 4050
Midland, MI  48640
Towsley Building Entrance - take elevator on right to 4th floor

Phone: (989) 463-6699
Fax: (989) 466-2574

Office Hours:
Thursdays - Bi-Weekly
1pm - 5pm

Clare Office

Address:
602 Beach Street
Suite 2240
Clare, Michigan 48617
Across from the Dougherty Hotel, behind the hospital

Phone: (989) 463-6699
Fax: (989) 466-2574

Hospital Affiliations

All of the surgeons at Great Lakes Surgical Associates have full, unrestricted privileges to practice general surgery at the two major hospital systems in Gratiot and Isabella Counties: Gratiot Medical Center and Central Michigan Community Hospital. We perform surgery at the following locations:
    MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot
    McLaren Central Michigan - Mount Pleasant
    MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland
GLSA Offices are also equipped with surgery suites for indicated office procedures.

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