Treatment options for acid reflux often depend on the severity of the condition and may include the following:
Changes in lifestyle may relieve acid reflux symptoms in some patients.
- Eliminate coffee, alcohol, smoking
- Avoid eating close to bedtime
- Sleep with the head of the bed elevated
- Eliminate spicy or fatty foods, and citrus or tomato products
These medications provide symptomatic relief from acid reflux but are generally required for the lifetime of the patient. The following drugs work by decreasing acid production:
- Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
- H2-receptor antagonists
The Stretta Procedure
Stretta is a safe and effective outpatient procedure for patients who prefer a less invasive therapy. Stretta is a non-surgical treatment which treats the underlying cause of GORD, a weak muscle between the stomach and the oesophagus, filling the gap between medications and surgery.
- 45-minute procedure
- Outpatient treatment, no hospital stay
- No alteration to anatomy
- 1-2 days back to work
For patients who suffer from chronic heartburn, acid reflux and are considering a surgical intervention, Stretta may be an optimal and less invasive option which improves the quality of life.
The Anti-Reflux Surgery involves wrapping the stomach around the oesophagus to improve the barrier function of the Lower Oesophageal Sphincter (LOS).
- 2-4 hour procedure
- General Anaesthesia
- 1-4 day hospital stay
- 1-3 weeks back to work