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Heartburn Treatment Center

The Heartburn Treatment Center at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery specializes in diagnosing and treating GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), often referred to as heartburn, acid reflux disease or acid indigestion. We provide patients with convenient, comprehensive care by a team of specialists working together to develop a care plan to meet your specific needs.

How You Benefit

The Heartburn Treatment Center gives you access to the coordinated care you need to control GERD—from diagnosis and treatment to education and ongoing support—all in one convenient location.

Heartburn is a common term for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This condition is caused by the “reflux” or backup of acid or other irritating stomach contents from the stomach into the swallowing tube (esophagus), which can irritate the fragile lining of the esophagus, the throat and even the breathing tubes and lungs.

Normally, this acid stays in the stomach, but when the opening to your stomach, called the lower esophageal sphincter, isn’t functioning properly, acid may backup into the esophagus causing that burning feeling and other symptoms. This problem can range from a mild inconvenience to a severe, debilitating problem. If untreated, acid reflux can lead to more serious health problems including ulcers and esophageal cancer.

  • Heartburn – a burning sensation usually starting behind the breastbone and often radiating toward the neck
  • Regurgitation of fluid or food into the throat or mouth
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing food
  • Chronic sore throat or cough
  • Asthma, wheezing or chronic bronchitis
  • Hoarseness
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Difficulty sleeping when lying flat or after eating
  • Suddenly waking from sleep choking, coughing or unable to breath adequately

GERD can often be treated with diet, lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medication. The specialists at the Heartburn Treatment Center will help you determine the cause of your symptoms and work with you to determine the best treatment.

Our GERD services include:

  • Advanced diagnostics, including endoscopy, a visual examination of the esophagus
  • Digestive testing services
  • Nutritional and lifestyle counseling
  • Medication
  • Surgery and minimally invasive procedures

Learn more about how GERD is treated at our online Health Library.

Following a GERD diet can help you manage the symptoms of GERD and reduce reflux flare-ups. Get tips on how and what to eat on a GERD Diet at our online Health Library.

Learn more about GERD/heartburn at our online Health Library.