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The Basics of Heartburn and GERD

Will I Need Surgery?

You won’t need it if you just have ordinary heartburn. It’s rare, but you may need an operation if:

  • Medical or drug treatment hasn’t helped
  • The muscle that controls the valve at the top of your stomach doesn’t work properly
  • You have esophageal cancer

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on June 27, 2015
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