Acid Reflux Specialist

Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates -  - Gastroenterology

Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Douglaston, NY

As much as 30% of the United States population suffers from chronic acid reflux, a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Since acid reflux can permanently damage delicate tissues, the board-certified gastroenterologists and skilled medical team at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates in Douglaston, New York provide integrative treatment solutions. Get lasting relief from heartburn by getting started on treatment right away. You can book your appointment either online or over the phone.

Acid Reflux Q & A

What causes acid reflux?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the medical term for chronic acid reflux. This condition causes the highly acidic contents of your stomach to flow upwards into your esophagus and even into your mouth. If you suffer from ongoing issues with acid reflux, including heartburn, chest pain, sore throat, and difficulty swallowing, it could be linked to:

  • Consumption of acidic foods or drinks
  • Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Obesity or being overweight 
  • High-fat diet 

It’s also possible to suffer from acid reflux if you have a hiatal hernia, which causes part of your stomach to bulge into an opening in your diaphragm muscle. No matter what causes your case of GERD, it isn’t something you should ignore. 

Why do I need treatment for acid reflux?

It’s important to get started on treatment for acid reflux as soon as you experience symptoms. If left untreated, GERD can become so severe that the acid damages tissues in your upper gastrointestinal tract. Acid reflux can increase your risk of:

  • Lung damage 
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Esophageal precancer and cancer 
  • Scar tissue that narrows your esophagus
  • Chronic chest congestion or recurrent pneumonia

Because ongoing acid reflux issues can lead to serious problems, don’t hesitate another day to come in to Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates for an evaluation.

Which acid reflux treatment is most effective?

Your dedicated physician at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates may recommend an upper endoscopy. This is a minimally invasive procedure to examine the lining of your esophagus and stomach to confirm GERD or and rule out related conditions. 

Once they diagnose you, the doctors talk with you about your condition and teach you about the latest and most effective treatment solutions.

Your acid reflux treatment plan from Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates will likely include a combination of the following:

  • Medications to decrease stomach acid production
  • Dietary and nutrition counseling
  • Weight-loss management 
  • Smoking cessation

If medication and lifestyle changes aren’t effective for your case of GERD or for relieving your heartburn, your doctor could recommend surgery. Modern surgical procedures for GERD are minimally invasive and require little downtime, so you can experience effective relief without a lengthy recovery.

Click the online scheduler or call to book your acid reflux exam at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates today.