ALSW specialises in the endoscopic diagnosis and the surgical treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux.
Gastro-Oesophageal reflux disease or as widely known, acid reflux is caused by return of acidic stomach juices, food and/or fluids, back up into the oesophagus due to a lax valve with or without hiatus hernia
Heartburn, a burning sensation in the chest, is the most common symptom of gastro-oesophageal reflux and is often described as a harsh, burning sensation behind the breastbone, often accompanied by a sour taste and a sensation of food coming back into the mouth. It often gets worse when the person eats bends over or lies down.
Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)
Anyone experiencing heartburn twice a week or more may have gastro-oesophageal reflux disease or GORD and should consult a specialist. Almost everyone experiences reflux and heartburn at one time or another, often after large meal. However, prolonged and frequent acid in the lower oesophagus can cause injury such as inflammation, ulceration, scar formation, and stricture and, after a long period of time, even cancer. Some people have severe symptoms with no tissue damage, while others may have few symptoms and much tissue damage.
Other Symptoms of Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux
- Sensation of food stuck in the throat and repeated attempts to clear it
- Regurgitation (backflow of stomach fluids into the mouth)
- Belching, specially belching that acidic or sour-tasting
- Chest or upper abdomen pain that disrupts sleep
- Chronic sour or bitter taste in the mouth
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
- choking sensation at night time
- Chronic or morning hoarseness
- excessive salivation
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Chronic Wheezing
- Chronic cough
- Sore throat
- Bad breath