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  1. 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,...

  2. Heartburn/GERD Guide - Exams and Tests

    Find out what tests may be given to people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

  3. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - When To Call a Doctor

    Learn about symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), including chest pain like a heart attack.

  4. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Treatment Overview

    Information on the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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

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

  6. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Medications

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

  7. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Cause

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

  8. Heartburn: Reducing Pressure on Your Stomach - Topic Overview

    Putting pressure on your stomach may push stomach juices into your esophagus,causing heartburn. You can make changes 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. If you get heartburn at night,raise ...

  9. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Topic Overview

    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is caused by the abnormal backflow, or reflux, of stomach acid and juices into the esophagus, the tube that leads from the throat to the stomach.

  10. 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

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