Our Approach

If you're tired of taking pills to manage your heartburn, maybe it's time to talk to your doctor about finding heartburn relief once and for all. Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. Some of the symptoms, however, are similar to those of a heart attack or heart disease. 

Common symptoms for heartburn include:

  • Chronic cough
  • Chest pain and burning
  • Regurgitation
  • Dyspepsia

GERD stands for (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). While not everyone with GERD has heartburn, the primary symptom of GERD is heartburn. It is a common disease that affects up to 40% of the U.S. population, however, up to 70% of patients with GERD do not have evidence of erosive changes on endoscopy. In addition to its negative impact on health-related quality of life, GERD may lead to serious diseases, including esophagitis, strictures, ulcers and Barrett's esophagus. 

Additional symptoms of GERD include:

  • Heartburn
  • Hoarseness
  • Sore throat
  • Laryngitis
  • Asthma
  • Sudden increase of saliva
  • Bad breath
  • Earaches
  • Chest pain 

We are a comprehensive heartburn testing and treatment center offering the following solutions for heartburn relief. 

Bravo™ reflux testing system, a capsule-based, ambulatory pH test that detects reflux episodes and symptoms. This innovative diagnostic solution features an up to 96-hour monitoring period, supporting greater test sensitivity and making it easier to identify the cause of heartburn, chest pain and other discomfort. The Bravo™ is a convenient, patient friendly test that allows the patient to maintain their regular daily activities and diet during the testing period. This has proven to be a reliable system for patient management. 

GERD Surgery

Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is a minimally invasive procedure which is done to restore the function of the lower esophageal sphincter (the valve between the esophagus and the stomach) by wrapping the stomach around the esophagus.

Fundoplication is a type of surgery to prevent stomach contents from returning to the esophagus (food tube). This is achieved by wrapping the upper portion of the stomach (fundus) around the lower portion of the esophagus.

Barrx™ radiofrequency ablation system, a treatment that removes precancerous tissue (dysplastic Barrett’s esophagus) in patients with Barrett’s esophagus. Patients who undergo treatment with the Barrx™ radiofrequency ablation system may reduce the risk of their disease progressing to esophageal cancer by over 90%! More than 12 million people in the U.S. have Barrett’s esophagus. Because it is a precursor to esophageal cancer, timely detection and treatment are essential. 

 

Our Location

CHRISTUS Lake Area Hospital
4200 Nelson Road
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605

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