Dr. Bagnato offers the leading forms of treatment for frequent serious heartburn and acid reflux just an hour outside of Columbus.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) in Columbus

When heartburn and acid reflux develop more than three times a week, the condition is referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. In Columbus, GERD can greatly interfere with your quality of life, making it difficult to make dietary choices, causing sleep loss and even hampering your social life.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is caused by damage to the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES. The LES is a valve that sits at the base of the esophagus, separating the esophagus from the stomach. When food passes through the esophagus, the LES opens to permit it downward into the stomach and then shuts quickly to keep stomach acids and other digestive juices from escaping into the esophagus.

While the lining of the stomach is resilient, the esophageal lining is easily irritated by the harsh digestive juices. It is the LES’s job to protect the esophagus from the acids in the stomach, but the LES is unable to function properly when it becomes damaged. The valve may operate slowly or not close at all, permitting stomach acid to enter the esophagus. This results in the sensation of heartburn, so called because of the location of the esophagus just behind the chest, and of acid reflux.

Treatment for Acid Reflux in Columbus

To fully treat gastroesophageal reflux disease is to repair the lower esophageal sphincter with acid reflux surgery. For Columbus residents, surgical options are available to help you overcome heartburn without being away from home. Dr. Bagnato offers minimally and non-invasive acid reflux surgery options that are performed as outpatient procedures, allowing you to return home for a faster, more comfortable recovery period.

Minimally invasive acid reflux surgeries use laparoscopic techniques. This type of surgery is performed through three to five minor incisions in the abdominal wall. Specialized tools project an image of the operated area onto a large screen in the operating room to help your acid reflux surgeon see the surgical site.

Non-invasive or incisionless acid reflux surgery is performed transorally, or through the mouth. This is done via an endoscopic procedure that allows Dr. Bagnato to repair the LES without any external cuts. Transoral acid reflux surgery does not cause any external scarring.

Other benefits of minimally invasive and transoral acid reflux surgery are:

  • Faster recovery period
  • Reduced hospital stay
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Reduced risk of infection or complication

For more information about overcoming heartburn and acid reflux in Columbus with acid reflux surgery, contact us.