Gerd Living With Acid Reflux Disease PDF



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Preface

Heartburn or acid reflux is a very common condition that is usually self-treated. Although usually considered to be benign, the condition can advance to more serious complications, when it is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, the focus of this book.
This book is a comprehensive discussion of GERD for the general reader, and provides updates on many recent developments in the field. As background material, the book discusses basic terms followed by digestive tract anatomy as it relates to GERD. The common symptoms and the broad range of GERD complications are then discussed.
Usually the physician recommends lifestyle modifications as a first step in treating GERD. Changes in lifestyle allow the patient to take charge of his or her own treatment and can have benefits in addition to alleviating GERD. The book discusses the types of modifications and their effectiveness in alleviating GERD.
Many advances in medications to treat GERD have taken place, and some medications previously available only by prescription can now be obtained over-the-counter. The effectiveness, limitations, and potential side effects of the medications are clearly stated.
When lifestyle modifications or medications do not alleviate GERD, surgery is the last resort. Major advances in surgical procedures have taken place, particularly in the area of minimally invasive surgery. The newer procedures can involve less risk than conventional surgery, and patients can experience a quicker recovery with fewer complications.


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