Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication

When Should I Consider Surgery for Acid Reflux or Severe Heartburn?

Did you know that an estimated 60 million Americans suffer from some level of heartburn at least once a month? That is awfully close to 1 in 5 Americans! So suffice to say heartburn, which is caused by acid reflux, is a fairly common occurrence. But just because something is common doesn't mean you should be expected to suffer it. Some people are able to manage their symptoms of acid reflux but for others, it may be necessary to seek surgery as continual acid reflux can cause serious issues to one's esophageal stricture, oral health, and more.

But how do you know it's time for you to seek surgery? Surgery, after all, has its own inherent risks, and it should not be seen as a fast fix. Instead, those who suffer from acid reflux might first talk to their doctor and health care provider about some alternatives, such as pinpointing what types of foods trigger your acid reflux and avoiding them, and taking medication or supplements to help improve your gut biome to prevent bouts of acid reflux, such as the use of the herb slippery elm.

But sometimes even the best preventative measures won't work. You should consider talking to your doctor about surgery for acid reflux when the following have happened:

●     When symptoms are not getting better with medication or use of supplements

●     You do not desire to continue on taking prescribed medication, because maybe you are not keen on the side effects

●     Severe issues like scarring or the growth of ulcers in your esophagus have occurred

●     Other undesired but related symptoms of acid reflux have hampered your lifestyle, such as chronic coughing or hoarseness