Expert diagnosis and treatment of GERD

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.

Brigham Health Safe Care Commitment

The health and safety of our patients, families and staff is our top priority. We are taking a comprehensive approach to prevent the spread of infectious diseases while we continue to provide the expert Lung care our patients need with both Virtual Visits and in-person, on-site appointments. Learn more about our Safe Care Commitment and the measures we are taking to provide the safest possible environment.

Why Choose Us

  • You will receive a thorough diagnostic evaluation and receive treatment by a board-certified thoracic surgeon who specializes in GERD/reflux. Careful monitoring and the involvement of an experienced thoracic (chest) surgeon are important to the successful outcome for patients with GERD/reflux.
  • When surgery is needed, our thoracic surgeons at The Lung Center have a cure rate of 90 percent.
  • Your operating room surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses all specialize in surgery for patients with thoracic problems, as does the experienced staff in a specialized recovery unit.
  • The Lung Center at Brigham and Women's specializes in a number of minimally invasive surgical techniques to decrease the movement of food or acid from the stomach into the esophagus.
  • Expert multidisciplinary collaboration, so you can be referred to an appropriate Brigham and Women's physician if your thoracic surgeon detects an underlying illness or concern.
  • Our team of lung specialists and surgeons offer Virtual Visits via phone or computer to consult with you and keep you connected to your care.
  • When in-person care is required, we are taking comprehensive measures to provide the safest possible environment for our patients. Learn more about our Safe Care Commitment.

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