When It’s Time to Visit a Heartburn Center

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Understanding Heartburn, Acid Reflux, and GERD

Are you experiencing that uncomfortable burn in your chest? You might be dealing with acid reflux. This happens when the valve between your esophagus and stomach doesn't close properly. Then stomach acid flows back up and causes what's known as heartburn. While occasional heartburn is okay, persistent instances might indicate gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

If you’re struggling with constant heartburn, it could be helpful to know that heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. You may be able to ease the symptoms with different food choices. If you experience chest pain, difficulty swallowing, and shortness of breath, seek support from your provider. Early treatment can prevent the narrowing of your esophagus, esophageal cancer, and other complications.

woman holding her chest and stomach with a wincing expression

Suggested Treatments

The approach to treating acid reflux depends on its severity and whether it's chronic. Over-the-counter products like antacids, H2 blockers, and proton pump inhibitors (PPI) can reduce stomach acid. They may provide temporary relief but are only sometimes a long-term solution. Surgical procedures like Toupet or Nissen Fundoplication, Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF), or the innovative LINX procedure may be recommended. Lifestyle changes, including weight loss, can also reduce acid reflux. It's essential to discuss your needs and symptoms with a provider.

How Schneck Can Help You

Our Heartburn Center offers a range of treatments, from medications to advanced surgical procedures. We offer the LINX procedure, Fundoplication operations, and bariatric surgery to resolve symptoms and prevent long-term damage. For information that is most specific to you, speak with your provider, who will help you determine the best plan.

Your Providers

Meet Dr. Brandon Millick, a specialist in general surgery and minimally invasive techniques. He is an expert in anti-reflux procedures, hernia repair, and bariatric surgery.

G. Brandon Millick, MD

Bariatrics/Surgical Weight Loss, General Surgery, da Vinci Surgery View Info »

Find Relief at Schneck

You don’t have to endure chronic acid reflux. With state-of-the-art procedures and a team of skilled professionals, we provide life-changing solutions. Find relief locally at Schneck in Seymour, Indiana.

Call 812-519-2388