Acid Reflux Treatments

Acid reflux treatment options vary widely depending on the severity and symptoms of the disease. Currently, however, there are three methods of treating the acid reflux symptoms of GORD: 

1. Lifestyle Changes
Recommended as the first stage of treatment and can be effective where reflux is infrequent or mild. Include:

  • Losing weight
  • Stopping smoking
  • Diet choices – eg avoiding spicy foods, alcohol, coffee and chocolate
  • Eating habits – eg smaller meals, remaining upright after meals, not eating before bed
  • Sleeping with the head of the mattress elevated

2. Medication for Acid Reflux
Medications used to treat GORD fall into three categories:  

  • Antacids – neutralise acid
  • H2 Blockers – prevent acid production
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s) – suppress acid secretion

More about medication for Acid Reflux

3. GERD / GORD Surgery
For patients with moderate to severe reflux symptoms that cannot be relieved by lifestyle or medication treatment.

Until recently, anti-reflux surgery has been limited to the Nissen Fundoplication procedure which has a number of disadvantages for the patient. The introduction of the NEW LINXTM Reflux Surgery device is an exciting step forward in surgical care for reflux.

More about GERD / GORD Surgery

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