Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is a common digestive condition. It has been gaining attention, especially among the younger generations.
GERD occurs when gastric content frequently flows back up into the oesophagus resulting in a “burning” sensation behind the chest wall. It can also cause severe chest pain and throat discomfort.
Depending on the severity of GERD, it may have a big impact on your job and the way you live your life. It is important to find out the extent of injury caused by the acid burn during endoscopy. Your doctor will be able to exclude a premalignant condition known as Barrett’s oesophagus at the same setting.
There are a few options available to treat GERD. Patients may simply take over-the-counter remedies or take stronger medications prescribed by their doctor. In extreme cases, surgery may be required. For those diagnosed to have Barrett’s oesophagus, surveillance endoscopy is often recommended.