Excela Health-e-Minute: Dr. Bucci – GERD

Here's Jennifer Miele with another Excela Health-e-minute If left untreated, severe acid reflux or GERD could cause strictures, asthma or even increase your risk of esophageal cancer

So, if medications and weight-loss aren't working, surgery could be an option My name is Lorenzo Bucchi, I'm a General and Minimally Invasive Surgeon at Excela Health GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease which is basically abnormal and prolonged exposure of stomach acid in the esophagus Everybody has a little bit of acid exposure in the esophagus, but people with GERD have prolonged exposure that leads to heartburn, which is burning chest pain behind your sternum upper abdominal pain and sometimes some other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting The two things that a surgeon can fix in operation are hiatal hernia and a weak sphincter mechanism between the esophagus and the stomach

Once the patient comes to surgery, the overwhelming majority of patients who have anti-reflux surgery and hiatal hernia repair at Excela Health are done with minimally invasive technique or laparoscopic surgery, sometimes with assistance of our robotic instrumentation The typical recovery is a one day stay in the hospital They should be admitted and typically be discharged home the next day on liquid diet Most of those patients will return the fairly normal activity within a few weeks after surgery To schedule a consultation with Dr

Bucchi, Here's the number to call: 1-855-ExcelaDoc

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