The Heartburn & Barrett’s Esophagus Program provides innovative, multidisciplinary diagnostic and therapeutic services to manage esophageal problems ranging from heartburn, acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to Barrett's esophagus, hiatal hernia, esophageal cancer and esophageal motility disorders. The program is made up of a team of clinical experts including dieticians, gastroenterologists, surgeons and oncologists to care for you and your loved ones using cutting-edge technology.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Nearly 60 percent of American adults experience some type of acid reflux within a 12-month period. Common symptoms of acid reflux include a burning feeling in your throat or chest, chest pain, trouble swallowing, regurgitation and sore throat. If you experience reflux symptoms or heartburn two or more times a week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. GERD is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid, or occasionally bile, flows back into your esophagus. Left untreated, GERD can cause Barrett’s esophagus, narrowing of the esophagus and even esophageal cancer.
Experts at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s Digestive Health Institute offer a number of medical and surgical treatments for GERD, including EsophyX™ Antireflux Fundoplication, Nissen Fundoplication and the LINX® Reflux Management System.
Barrett’s esophagus is a precancerous condition of the esophagus that has been associated with chronic GERD. It occurs when the esophagus is exposed to acid reflux over a long period of time. As the stomach acid degrades the esophageal lining, the esophagus becomes inflamed and infected, which can lead to the formation of cancerous cells.
At the Digestive Health Institute, we’re experts in caring for patients with Barrett’s esophagus using the most innovative treatment methods, including endoscopic radiofrequency ablation therapy.
To learn more, for help finding a physician or to schedule an appointment, call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622). You can also find a physician and request an appointment online.