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  1. Prevention

    You may be able to prevent gas, burping, and bloating. Take steps to avoid swallowing air: Eat slowly. Avoid gulping food or beverages. When you rush through meals or eat on the run, you are more likely to swallow air.

  2. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - What Increases Your Risk

    Learn about factors that increase your risk of developing symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

  3. Laparoscopic Surgery - Topic Overview

    Laparoscopy (say lap-uh-ROSS-kuh-pee) is surgery that is done through small cuts (incisions) in your belly. To do this type of surgery, a doctor puts a lighted tube, or scope, and other surgical tools through small incisions in your belly. The doctor can take out organs such as the spleen, the gallbladder, the appendix, an ovary, a fallopian tube, or part of the intestine during laparoscopy. He or she can repair a hernia or take out small tumors, cysts, or other growths. The doctor also can use laparoscopy to close a woman's fallopian tubes (tubal ligation). In laparoscopy, recovery is usually less painful and faster than in surgery done through one large cut (called open surgery). You may also spend less time in the hospital and away from work and other activities.Laparoscopy may cost less than open surgery. But sometimes laparoscopy takes longer, or your doctor needs to switch from doing a laparoscopy to doing an open surgery. Typically laparoscopy leaves several scars about half an

  4. Heartburn - Check Your Symptoms

    If you or someone you know is experiencing heartburn, use this tool to check the symptoms and determine if you need to seek medical treatment.

  5. Gas, Bloating, and Burping - Prevention

    You may be able to prevent gas, burping, and bloating. Take steps to avoid swallowing air: Eat slowly. Avoid gulping food or beverages. When you rush through meals or eat on the run, you are more likely to swallow air.

  6. Heartburn: Changing Your Eating Habits - Topic Overview

    You can make changes to your eating habits to help relieve your symptoms of heartburn. Here are some things to try: It’s best to eat several small meals instead of two or three large meals. After you eat,wait 2 to 3 hours before you lie down. Late-night snacks aren't a good idea. Chocolate,mint,and alcohol can make heartburn worse. They relax the valve between the esophagus and the ...

  7. Gas, Bloating, and Burping - Preparing For Your Appointment

    A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Gas, Bloating and Burping.

  8. Gas, Bloating, and Burping - Topic Overview

    Gas (flatus), burping, and bloating are all normal conditions.

  9. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Medications

    Read about drugs used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

  10. Hiatal Hernia and GERD - Topic Overview

    The abdomen and chest are separated by a sheetlike muscle called the diaphragm. The esophagus passes through an opening (the hiatus) in the diaphragm to connect to the stomach. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach bulges out of the abdomen,through the hiatus,and into the chest. When this happens,the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) may move above the diaphragm. Normally,...

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