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Kristin Hayes, R.N.

Promising New Treatment for GERD

By October 29, 2012

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Studies indicate that a new treatment for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), may be effective in reducing the amount of medication used to control acid reflux. The treatment involves implanting a small device into the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The device releases low energy electrical pulses which are believed to strengthen weak esophageal sphincter muscles. Three studies showed at least 77% of patients who had the implanted device were able to cut their use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) by at least 50% and in fact most were able to discontinue PPIs altogether. Visit Newswise for a full report on this research. For more information on GERD you may wish to read some of the following articles:

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April 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm
(1) Adrian B says:

This is a great alternative for treating acid reflux. I for one suffered some pretty painful side effects from taking PPIs. I was taking Omeprazole for about a month and started experiencing bad migraines and chronic fatigue. In my personal opinion, if PPIs and natural treatments are just not cutting it, this procedure would be the best option.

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