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  1. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Treatment Overview

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

  2. 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

  3. Heartburn/GERD Guide - Exams and Tests

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

  4. GERD: Controlling Heartburn by Changing Your Habits

    Key PointsSymptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be painful and, if allowed to continue, can lead to complications including esophagitis. Making adjustments to your lifestyle can help provide relief.Quitting the use of tobacco products can help relieve symptoms of GERD. Changing your diet can help prevent heartburn, the main symptom of GERD. Losing weight, not overeating, and ...

  5. 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,...

  6. 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 ...

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

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

  8. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Surgery

    Read about surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms.

  9. 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

  10. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Symptoms

    Learn the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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