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  1. Antacids for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

    Drug details for Antacids for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

  2. H2 Blockers (Acid Reducers) for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

    Drug details for H2 blockers (acid reducers) for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

  3. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Prevention

    Symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), such as heartburn, can be uncomfortable or even painful. You may be able to prevent these symptoms by making lifestyle changes such as losing weight, not smoking, not using alcohol, and avoiding certain

  4. Fundoplication Surgery for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

    During fundoplication surgery, the upper curve of the stomach (the fundus) is wrapped around the esophagus and sewn into place so that the lower portion of the esophagus passes through a small tunnel of stomach muscle.

  5. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Medications

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

  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. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - What Happens

    Learn more about mild gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and how it develops.

  8. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Cause

    Learn about gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), its cause, and how it develops.

  9. 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

  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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