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Will I need surgery for heartburn?

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

  • Other treatments haven’t helped.
  • The muscle that controls the valve at the top of your stomach doesn’t work properly.
  • You have cancer in your esophagus. Keep in mind that trouble swallowing, and not heartburn or GERD, is the most common symptom of this type of cancer.

From: The Basics of Heartburn and GERD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Association.

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

American Cancer Society: “Signs and symptoms of esophagus cancer.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 06, 2016

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Association.

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

American Cancer Society: “Signs and symptoms of esophagus cancer.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 06, 2016

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