New treatment fixes acid reflux

ONTACT PASADENA POLICE >>> MOST OF US WILL HAVE A CASE OF HEARTBURN FROM TIME TO TIME

BUT ABOUT 20% OF ALL AMERICANS SUFFER FROM CHRONIC ACID REFLUX AND THE LONG-TERM DAMAGE CAN LEAD TO CANCER NOW A NEW SURGICAL PROCEDURE IS HELPING TO END THE SUFFERING AND THE CANCER RISK HALEY HERNANDEZ EXPLAINS HOW IT WORKS AND WHO IS GOING TO BENEFITp MOST >> Reporter: FORpXP YEARS, ERIC WAS SICKENED ALMOST EVERY TIME HE ATE A MEAL >> USED TO LOVE HOT FOODS

>> Reporter: NOTHING HE TRIED RELIEVES THE BURNING SENSATION THAT WOULD START IN HIS STOMACH AND SPREAD >> IT WAS LIKE A HEART ATTACK I NEVER FELT FIGURE LIKE IT IT STARTED HERE IN BOTH OF MY ARMS >> Reporter: ERIC SUFFERED FROM CHRONIC ACID REFLUX CAUSED BY A BACK UP OF STOMACH ACID INTO THE ESOPHAGUS

THAT BACK UP OCCURS WHEN THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE VALVE BETWEEN THE ESOPHAGUS AND STOMACH, CAUSING STOMACH ACID TO FLOW BACKWARD >> WHEN YOU GET A HERNIA, WHICH MEANS THE HOLE GETS BIGGER FROM PRESSURE ON IT, VALVE COMES OUT >> THIS DOCTOR IS USING A MINIMALLY INVASETIVE PROCEDURE TO FIX THE OPENING SURGEONS MAKE SMALL INCISIONS IN THE ABDOMEN AND OPERATE TINY ROBOTIC HANDS TO CREATE A NEW VALVE >> THE ROBOTICS HAS ALLOWED US TO HAVE MORE DECKS STAIRITY AND THE ABILITY TO MAKE A VALVE BY PUSHING THE ESOPHAGUS INTO THE STOMACH AND GET IT JUST RIGHT

>> Reporter: SMALL SUTURES HOLD THE NEW VALVE IN PLACE THE ENTIRE PROCEDURE TAKES ONE HOUR PATIENTS GO HOME THE NEXT DAY FOR ERIC AND HIS WIFE, SURGERY MARKS A TURN AROUND ERIC CAN NOW WALK FOR MILES TACKLING A FULL DAY AT DISNEY WITHOUT NEEDING A BREAK

>> I WAS AT THE ONE POINT CLOSE TO 400 POUNDS I'M NOW RIGHT AT THE 300-POUND MARK >> Reporter: THE DOCTOR SAYS THE PATIENTS WHO BENEFIT MOST FROM THIS SURGERY ARE THOSE WHO ARE YOUNGER AND THOSE WITH OTHER COMPLICATIONS LIKE HEART DISEASE AND BONE DISEASE RIGHT NOW ON CLICK2HOUSTONCOM, I'VE PUT A LIST OF RISK FACTORS AND SYMPTOMS OF HAS RID RELUCKS

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