It's the price one out of every seven people pay for a good meal. Not the bill, but enduring something called acid reflux, or heartburn.
It's a burning pain in your chest and throat from acid that won't stay in your stomach.
Doctors have a new way to get rid of reflux with a procedure called EsophyX.
The procedure is the answer for many patients who don’t respond to medications like Prilosec.
Maria Marsico had the surgery. She says she put up with acid reflux for more than 30 years and adds, “I was taking Prilosec, double the dosage everyday, and still having a lot of problems, a lot of food coming up and acid and it was very uncomfortable.”
Dr. Reginald Bell of SurgOne P.C. says acid reflux can be life altering and adds, “I'd see patients who say they've slept in a recliner for five years because that's what their doctor told them was the only way to treat reflux.”
The new EsophyX procedure allows surgeons to go through the mouth to recreate the valve at the lower end of the patient’s esophagus to stop the acid from coming back up.
It’s done under general anesthesia and takes about one hour. One night in the hospital may be required but patients are back up and around within a few days.
For more information on the procedure you can visit www.regbellmd.com or call 303-788-8989.