The Heartburn Treatment Center of Middle Tennessee at Williamson Medical Center can help you find relief from heartburn. To ensure you receive the best care available, our staff continually evaluates and incorporates new and emerging therapies and technologies, including endoscopic therapies.
Find out if you have symptoms of GERD:
- I get a burning feeling in the middle of my chest.
- I often have this feeling after a meal or at night.
- This burning feeling gets worse when I lie down or bend over.
- Over-the-counter medications, such as acid reducers or antacids, help the burning go away.
- I frequently regurgitate (burp up) my food.
- There is a bitter or sour taste in the back of my throat.
If you experience one or more of the symptoms above, there is a good chance you have GERD—gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD could be heartburn that occurs twice a week or more, excessive clearing of the throat, problems swallowing, the feeling food is stuck in your throat, burning in the mouth or pain in the chest. Untreated, GERD can lead to more serious health problems such as bleeding or ulcers, difficulty swallowing or even esophageal cancer.
For a free consultation, call the Heartburn Treatment Center of Middle Tennessee at Williamson Medical Center at 615.435.5990.
What is it?
GERD is a condition where stomach acid backs up into the lower esophagus two or more times a week. It usually begins as a burning pain that starts behind the breastbone and radiates upward to the neck. GERD can be confused with heart problems and vice-versa, therefore obtaining proper diagnosis and care is very important. Heartburn, regurgitation, belching, bloating, hoarseness, chronic sore throat, difficulty breathing, difficulty sleeping or lying flat are all signs of GERD.
Normally, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) stops the flow of acid into the esophagus. When it is weak or relaxes inappropriately GERD can occur.
If left untreated, chronic acid reflux can damage the esophagus and possibly lead to cancer of the esophagus. Many times, lifestyle and dietary changes alone cannot prevent chronic heartburn. As many as 60 million Americans experience daily heartburn.
Your physician may use this procedure to evaluate the condition of tissue in your esophagus and stomach. Using a slender scope, your physician can take pictures and biopsies of these areas as necessary. Any damage to the esophagus from GERD is assessed.
This procedure, which is performed by one of our highly-trained nurses, measures pressure in the esophagus and provides information about its function.
24-hour pH Study
This study involves recording actual acid levels (pH) in the esophagus for 24 hours while you are at home and carrying out your daily activities. This information accurately establishes whether or not GERD is the cause of your symptoms.
The array of medications for heartburn treatment is rapidly changing. Through continuing education, our physicians are highly knowledgeable in the proper use, dosing and side effects of all medications, and can help you make decisions on medication benefits versus its expense.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
When medicine isn't the best option, minimally invasive surgical procedures can be performed by our world-class surgeons. These surgeries involve tiny incisions and usually require only an overnight stay.
We can help.
From our physicians to our nurse coordinators, the Heartburn Treatment Center staff oversees your care with compassion and attention to detail. All elements of your diagnosis and treatment are streamlined and contained in one organization, eliminating your need to shuffle from clinic to clinic. Our credentialed physicians and nurses are specially trained in chronic heartburn management. When you call, you'll talk to experts in treating conditions like yours. As experts in heartburn, we offer the latest in medical therapies, accurate testing and minimally invasive surgery.
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