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Digestive and Esophageal Disorders

Repeated bouts of heartburn and sour-tasting fluid in your throat are classic symptoms of a common health problem called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD (also known as reflux disease).  GERD is caused by acid that escapes from your stomach through a weakened one-way valve near the top of your stomach.  The acid can travel backward as far as your throat.  If lifestyle changes don’t help, physicians in the Department of Surgery treat GERD, as well as other digestive disorders, laparoscopically.  

Hoarseness, wheezing, difficulty swallowing, and repeated belching can also be caused by reflux disease.  Left untreated, cancer of the lower esophagus can develop.

Surgeons also provide the expert diagnosis, consultation and treatment for other conditions involving chest, stomach and small intestine conditions, such as bile duct blockages and measuring pressure in the upper digestive tract.   


Zeid Keilani, M.D., FACS

James M. Nottingham, M.D., FACS

Fernando A. Navarro, M.D., FACS