Innovative Treatment for Reflux Disease
Patients with chronic heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are commonly prescribed medications that have long-term side effects. At Catholic Health, our Acid Reflux Program at St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY) offers minimally invasive surgeries that give patients a permanent solution to treat reflux rather than stay on lifelong medication treatment. We also offer surgical options for hiatal hernias.
St. Charles Hospital: 631-474-6808
What Is Heartburn and Reflux Disease?
Heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common chronic condition. Acid from the stomach flows back into the esophagus because of a malfunctioning esophageal sphincter—the muscular valve that closes after food enters the stomach.
Common symptoms include:
- Acid reflux
- Persistent regurgitation
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic cough
- Chest pain
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are commonly prescribed to patients with GERD. Over time, these medications can cause side effects such as osteoporosis and electrolyte abnormalities.
Minimally invasive anti-reflux surgery procedures are available as a permanent solution for acid reflux for patients who:
- Continue to have regurgitation while taking prescription medication.
- Experience side effects from medications.
- Do not want to remain on medications for the rest of their life.
- Are concerned about long-term side effects.
Surgical Options for GERD
Minimally invasive anti-reflux surgery procedures are available as a permanent solution for acid reflux.
A laparoscopic, robotic-assisted surgery where the upper part of the stomach is wrapped around the food tube to create a new valve. The procedure typically takes one hour.
A minimally invasive procedure that eliminates reflux and regurgitation.
During a BARRX procedure, an instrument is inserted into the esophagus to burn off the diseased layer of the esophagus so healthy cells grow back.
This minimally invasive procedure inserts a magnetic ring into the lower esophagus to create a new sphincter. A small, flexible band of magnetic beads, about the size of a quarter, is wrapped around where the stomach and esophagus meet. Once implanted, the magnetic band opens when a patient swallows food and closes to prevent stomach acids from flowing back into the esophagus. The same-day procedure typically takes less than one hour.
St. Charles Hospital offers High-Resolution Esophageal Manometry, which can help detect esophageal motility disorders such as achalasia and nutcracker esophagus.