Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Find Relief from GERD Symptoms
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), experienced as severe heartburn, may be more than an annoying discomfort. Left untreated, GERD can lead to inflammation, ulceration or narrowing of the esophagus as well as swallowing and breathing problems. Chronic GERD also can lead to precancerous changes, called Barrett's esophagus. In a very small percentage of patients, these changes in the esophagus lead to esophageal cancer. GERD also may be a signal of another condition, a hiatal hernia.
Fortunately, GERD can be managed with diet and lifestyle changes, medication and, if needed, surgery. Experts at The Lung Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital (among the top ranked in the country by U.S. News & World Report) can help clarify your individual situation through careful diagnosis and treating the cause of your GERD.
For patients who need surgery, the goal is to fix the underlying anatomy that causes GERD, rather than just treat the heartburn symptoms.
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