GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) Specialist

Robert T Baker, MD -  - Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology Specialists of Orlando

Robert T Baker, MD

Gastroenterology located in Downtown Orlando, Orlando, FL

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) affects about 20% of people in the United States. At Gastroenterology Specialists of Orlando in Orlando, Florida, board-certified gastroenterologist Robert Baker, MD, diagnoses and treats GERD to reduce heartburn and other unpleasant symptoms. Book your next appointment by calling the practice or book online today.

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) Q & A

What is GERD?

Also known as GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease is a GI condition in which stomach acid flows up into your esophagus and irritates it. Heartburn is a common problem that may occur from time to time.

However, if it happens often and disrupts your life, seek treatment to diminish unpleasant symptoms and prevent complications. GERD is an under-recognized and potentially dangerous condition.

What are the symptoms of GERD?

If you have GERD, you might notice the following signs and symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Heartburn
  • Problems swallowing
  • Regurgitation
  • A lump in your throat
  • Laryngitis
  • A chronic cough
  • Sleeping problems
  • New or worsening asthma

Complications of GERD include esophagus narrowing, chronic inflammation, esophageal sores, and precancerous changes to your esophagus (Barrett’s esophagus), which is associated with a higher risk of esophageal cancer.

What are the risk factors for GERD?

Anyone can experience GERD, but the following factors increase your risk of it:

  • Hiatal hernia
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Delayed stomach emptying
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Eating large meals
  • Eating late at night
  • Drinking alcohol or coffee
  • Smoking
  • Taking certain medications 

Ways to reduce your risk of GERD include maintaining a healthy weight, eating smaller portions, more frequent meals instead of larger meals, not smoking, and elevating the head of your bed.

How is GERD diagnosed?

To find out if you have GERD, Dr. Baker reviews your medical history and discusses your symptoms. They also complete a physical exam and might recommend an upper endoscopy, acid probe tests, X-rays, or special tests that measure esophagus muscle contractions when you swallow.

How is GERD treated?

Your personalized GERD treatment is based on how severe your condition is, and whether you have any complications associated with it. Dr. Baker might recommend different options based on your condition, including lifestyle changes, over-the-counter medications, or prescription medications. If needed, he may also suggest minimally invasive surgery options.

During fundoplication, Dr. Baker wraps part of your stomach around your lower esophageal sphincter to prevent reflux. He might recommend wrapping a tiny ring around the stomach and esophagus junction during a minimally invasive procedure.

Don’t live with unpleasant GERD symptoms that can progress to serious medical complications. Schedule an appointment at Gastroenterology Specialists of Orlando, Inc. by phone or online for relief today.