Gastroenterology

Heartburn & Reflux

What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)?

Reflux occurs when the valve that keeps the contents of your stomach from flowing up into your esophagus stops functioning. Reflux is not caused by stomach acid. It is a chronic condition caused by the esophageal valve not closing properly.

Frequent, untreated GERD may progress to Barrett’s Esophagus, a condition where stomach acids eats away the lining of the esophagus. Cells that are similar to the acid-resistant cells of the stomach replace the damaged cells. These cells can become cancerous, leading to adenocarcinoma.

We can help you manage GERD through a comprehensive approach, starting with testing.

GERD Symptoms

GERD can lead to both typical and atypical bothersome symptoms, which can vary from mild or moderate to severe depending on the individual. These symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal fullness or bloating
  • Asthma
  • Bad breath
  • Choking while eating or drinking
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Dental erosions or gum disease
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Discomfort in ears and nose
  • Excessive salivation
  • Excessive throat clearing
  • Feeling of lump in throat
  • Frequent burping
  • Gas
  • Heartburn and chest pain
  • Laryngitis and hoarseness
  • Persistent dry cough
  • Regurgitation of food or sour liquid
  • Scratchy throat
  • Sensation of food stuck in the throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sour or bitter taste in the mouth
  • Sudden coughing episodes
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Wheezing

Treatments for GERD include:

  • Medication management
  • Lifestyle adjustments
  • Surgical treatments
  • TIF Procedure

What is the TIF Procedure?

The TIF procedure fixes the root cause of reflux. TIF trained physicians are able to restore the natural shape, location and effectiveness of your esophageal valve with an innovative procedure, stopping reflux. The vast majority of patients experience little discomfort post-procedure.

Benefits of the TIF Procedure include:

Minimally invasive
Fast recovery
No incisions
FDA cleared
No increased flatulence
Exemplary safety profile
No increased bloating
Covered by most insurances
No metal implants
Controls disruptive symptoms

Ask your physician if you are a good candidate for this procedure

To schedule an appointment, call our specialist (310) 672-9999.

Alex Kim DO
Alex Kim, DO