Women's Health Patient- Health topics Tab Title: About Tab Heading: Myomectomy Tab Body: About Myomectomy Surgery Myomectomy is a surgical procedure which preserves the uterus while removi...
Women's Health GYNECARE TVT ABBREVO Key Steps Flashcard Patient- Health topics Tab Title: About Tab Heading: Incontinence Surgery Tab Body: If you’ve been diagnosed with stress urinary i...
Women's Health Patient- Health topics Tab Title: About Tab Heading: Hysterectomy Tab Body: Hysterectomy Procedures A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the uterus (womb...
Women's Health Patient- Health topics Tab Title: About Tab Heading: Endometrial Ablation Tab Body: About Endometrial Ablation Endometrial Ablation is a minimally invasive, non-hormonal pro...
Women's Health Patient- Health topics Tab Title: About Tab Heading: Urinary Incontinence Tab Body: What is Urinary Incontinence? Urinary incontinence occurs when you experience accidental ...
Women's Health Patient- Health topics Tab Title: About Tab Heading: Heavy Periods Tab Body: Heavy Periods Overview Heavy periods is a surprisingly common and treatable condition, affecting...
Women's Health Patient- Health topics Tab Title: About Tab Heading: Gynecologic Cancer Tab Body: Cancer Overview We understand that being diagnosed with any kind of cancer can be frighteni...
Women's Health Patient- Health topics Tab Title: About Tab Heading: Fibroids Tab Body: Fibroids are benign (noncancerous) growths that form in the smooth muscle tissue of the walls of the ...
Women's Health Patient- Health topics Tab Title: About Tab Heading: Endometriosis Tab Body: Endometriosis (en-doe-me-tree-O-sis) is an often painful uterine disorder affecting women of rep...
Wound Closure Patient- Health topics Tab Title: Overview Tab Heading: DERMABOND ADVANCED® Topical Skin Adhesive Tab Body: What is DERMABOND ADVANCED ® Topical Skin Adhesive and why do doctors...
Digestive + Colon - Interested in an overview? Learn more
Ear Nose + Throat - Interested in an overview? Learn more
General Abdominal - Interested in an overview? Learn more
Weight Loss Surgery -
Women's Health - Interested in an overview? Learn more
Wound Closure - Interested in an overview? Learn more
Talk To Your Doctor -
Home > Health Topics > Digestive + Colon > Conditions > Acid Reflux + Heartburn
If you're like millions of Americans who suffer from persistent (chronic) heartburn, you know it’s not like the occasional indigestion that can be easily relieved with antacids. It may be occurring so often and become so painful that it really affects your quality of life. You’re unable to eat your favorite foods, it keeps you awake at night, and you’re constantly worrying about eating the wrong thing.
It’s possible that your chronic heartburn is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as acid reflux. Acid reflux is often caused by a small physical problem in your food pipe (esophagus), such as a hiatal hernia or a defective lower esophageal sphincter. Because of the problem, acid from your stomach splashes up into your esophagus, causing the burning sensation.
Unfortunately, this burning can be just the beginning. Acid reflux can also lead to other, more serious, conditions, including asthma59 and Barrett’s esophagus64, which in some cases can lead to esophageal cancer.
There are prescription medications and lifestyle modifications that can help relieve the symptoms of acid reflux, but for some patients with acid reflux, surgery may the best treatment. In fact, more than 60,000 people, including children, opt for acid reflux surgery, or anti-reflux, every year21
While traditional “open” procedures (which require large incisions) exist for acid reflux surgery, there are minimally invasive procedure (small incisions) options available that have proven to be equally effective.64, 66 They also have additional benefits, such as:
© Ethicon US, LLC. 2010 - 2015. DSL#12-9000
This site is published by Ethicon US, LLC. which is solely responsible for its contents and is intended for U.S. audiences only.
Last updated May 30 2015. The third-party trademarks used herein are trademarks of their respective owners. Data and usage fees may apply. See your carrier for more information.
Interested in sharing this item?
Find an Ethicon device that is similar to another manufacturer
Back to Search
You are now leaving Ethicon.com.Please select Go to Site
to continue to your selected link or Stay Here to remain on Ethicon.com