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:
- Study Suggests GERD is an Autoimmune Disorder
- What is the Difference Between GERD and Eosinophilic Esophagitis
- Can Acid Reflux Give You a Sore Throat?
- Why is it Hard to Swallow?
- Acid Reflux Medications May Cause an Infectious Type of Diarrhea
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