Bay Area Gastroenterology: STOMACH – ACID REFLUX/GERD

Bay Area Gastroenterology offers a comprehensive array of services to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and maintenance of your gastrointestinal health. One of the most common ailments is acid reflux or GERD.

Acid reflux affects most people at one time or another throughout their lives. Mild reflux that occurs infrequently is typically harmless. However, if left untreated the heartburn can lead to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and in chronic cases the damage to the esophagus can increase the risk of developing esophageal cancer.

Acid Reflux Symptoms:

  • Asthma (gastric juices rise into the throat, mouth, and air passages of the lungs)
  • Chest burn (the result of heartburn)
  • Dental erosion
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Hoarseness
  • Regurgitation (food brought back into the mouth)

Acid Reflux: How it Works

Acid reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not function properly. As a result, acid is able to seep upwards from the stomach to the esophagus and mouth. Some common causes of acid reflux include pregnancy, large meals/spicy foods/caffeine, frequent bending forward, hiatal hernia, peptic ulcers, smoking, and alcohol consumption.

Acid Reflux Treatment:

  • Diet (Foods to Avoid): Alcohol, black pepper, chili and chili powder, citrus fruit, coffee, garlic, spicy food, tea, tomatoes and tomato products, and vinegar.
  • Acid Suppressants (histamines)
  • Propton Pump Inhibitors
  • Prokinetic Agents
  • Antacids (for mild reflux symptoms)
  • Sleeping habit: raising the pillow to a 45 degree angle and sleeping only on back

Halo Procedure for Pre-Cancerous Barrett’s Esophagus:

If the aforementioned treatments do not alleviate the symptoms, patients may be evaluated for the HALO procedure. Performed by the specialists at Bay Area Gastroenterology Clinic, the HALO ablation technology is designed to remove the Barrett's epithelium in a short, well-tolerated endoscopic procedure. Two balloon-based HALO360+ devices are available for treating larger areas of circumferential Barrett's esophagus, while the HALO90 is a focal ablation device used to treat smaller areas.

If you are suffering from chronic acid reflux, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention. Acid reflux can lead to lifelong heartburn, damage to the esophageal lining, and esophageal cancer later in life.

To schedule an appointment with Bay Area Gastroenterology Clinic, please call 281-480-6264.


For more information, please contact:
Bay Area Gastroenterology P. A.
(281) 480-6264
http://www.gibay.com

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Locations

Medical Center
1015 Medical Center
Boulevard
Suite 1700
Webster, Texas 77598
p: 281-480-6264
f: 281-480-4046
Methodist St. John
2060 Space Park Drive
Suite 200
Nassau Bay, TX 77058
p: 281-480-6264
f: 281-339-7623
Memorial Southeast
11920 Astoria Boulevard
Suite 410
Houston, TX 77089
p: 281-484-6264
f: 281-484-0740
Pearland Office
10905 Memorial Herman Drive
Suite 211
Pearland, Texas 77548
p: 281-480-6264
f: 281-480-4046

Physicians

Ravi S. Mani, M.D., F.A.C.G.
Nikhil Inamdar, M.D., A.G.A.F.
Syed F. Jafri, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Manish Rungta, M.D.
Sezen Altug, M.D., FAGA
Naveen Surapaneni, M.D., M.P.H.
Gabriel Lee, MD
Neha Mathur, MD
Sudhanshu Gogia, MD

Our Board Certified Physicians specialize in the
diagnosis and treatment of ailments of the stomach,
intestines, colon, liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

Make an Appointment

Patients may make an appointment on their own or be referred by another Physician.

New Patients - please click here for more information on making an appointment.

Returning Patients - may make an appointment online or by calling our office.

Appointments may be made by calling the office between 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday - Friday, 281-480-6264.

Same Day Appointments

We will do our best to accomodate a limited number of same day appointments.

Please call our office, 281-480-6264 and if a new patient to our clinic please complete the Patient Registration Form.

Emergencies

Gastroenterology Emergencies:
If you have a gastroenterology problem of an urgent nature or an emergency, please contact the Bay Area Gastroenterology answering service at 281-480-6264 and/or go to the nearest emergency room.

If there is no response for any reason after you call the Bay Area Gastroenterology answering service, please go to the nearest emergency room.

Weekend Coverage
Call the answering service for emergencies. This will be answered by the doctor on call. If there is no response for any reason after you call the Bay Area Gastroenterology answering service, please go to the nearest emergency room.

Texas Communities served by
Bay Area Gastroenterology

Alvin, Bacliff, Bay Area, Channelview, Clear Lake, Deer Park, Dickinson, Friendswood, Galena Park, Galveston, Houston, Kemah, La Marque, La Porte, League City, Manuel, Missouri City, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Pearland, Santa Fe, Seabrook, Shoreacres, South East Houston, South Shore, Texas City, Webster.