Dec 16, 2009
Reflux disease, in addition to being a potential cause of esophageal cancer and other diseases of the esophagus and throat, is painful and unpredictable. Heartburn and searing pain that seems to be rising in the chest can be definite signs of Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease or GERD. Surgeries are available so that you needn't rely on medication but are generally quite invasive. EsophyX, a new incisionless procedure to prevent pain from acid reflux, is puts all these fears to rest. When performed by Dr. Elliot Goodman, an expert in gastric disorders and bariatric surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, NYC, GERD from a failed gastroesophageal (GE) valve can be reduced or stopped altogether.
EsophyX is an incisionless procedure that recreates a functional GE valve. An endoscope is run down the esophagus where suction pulls a flap of tissue down in order to guard the esophageal opening from the harmful effects of stomach acid. Fasteners keep the tissue permanently in place where it will eventually fuse to function naturally. At the end of recovery, a protective barrier prevents acid reflux and the symptoms that go along with it.