Bay Area Gastroenterology: STOMACH – ACID REFLUX/GERD

Bay Area Gastroenterology offers a comprehensive array of services to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and maintenance of your gastrointestinal health. One of the most common ailments is acid reflux or GERD.

Acid reflux affects most people at one time or another throughout their lives. Mild reflux that occurs infrequently is typically harmless. However, if left untreated the heartburn can lead to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and in chronic cases the damage to the esophagus can increase the risk of developing esophageal cancer.

Acid Reflux Symptoms:

  • Asthma (gastric juices rise into the throat, mouth, and air passages of the lungs)
  • Chest burn (the result of heartburn)
  • Dental erosion
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Hoarseness
  • Regurgitation (food brought back into the mouth)

Acid Reflux: How it Works

Acid reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not function properly. As a result, acid is able to seep upwards from the stomach to the esophagus and mouth. Some common causes of acid reflux include pregnancy, large meals/spicy foods/caffeine, frequent bending forward, hiatal hernia, peptic ulcers, smoking, and alcohol consumption.

Acid Reflux Treatment:

  • Diet (Foods to Avoid): Alcohol, black pepper, chili and chili powder, citrus fruit, coffee, garlic, spicy food, tea, tomatoes and tomato products, and vinegar.
  • Acid Suppressants (histamines)
  • Propton Pump Inhibitors
  • Prokinetic Agents
  • Antacids (for mild reflux symptoms)
  • Sleeping habit: raising the pillow to a 45 degree angle and sleeping only on back

Halo Procedure for Pre-Cancerous Barrett’s Esophagus:

If the aforementioned treatments do not alleviate the symptoms, patients may be evaluated for the HALO procedure. Performed by the specialists at Bay Area Gastroenterology Clinic, the HALO ablation technology is designed to remove the Barrett's epithelium in a short, well-tolerated endoscopic procedure. Two balloon-based HALO360+ devices are available for treating larger areas of circumferential Barrett's esophagus, while the HALO90 is a focal ablation device used to treat smaller areas.

If you are suffering from chronic acid reflux, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention. Acid reflux can lead to lifelong heartburn, damage to the esophageal lining, and esophageal cancer later in life.

To schedule an appointment with the gastrointestinal health specialists at Bay Area Gastroenterology Clinic, please call 281-480-6264.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease - Barrett's Esophagus - HALO Ablation Technique

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD is discussed in this video by Dr. Sezen Altug.

Repetitive injury to the esophagus from stomach acids can lead to a condition known as Barrett's Esophagus.

A patient diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus should under go treatment to control reflux symptoms with dietary modifications and medical therapy.

Any patient with Barrett's Esophagus is recommended to have a periodic upper endoscopy to look for abnormal or pre-cancerous tissue changes. These precancerous changes or dysplasia are very important to be diagnosed and monitored because patients who develop a condition called high grade dysplasia are at significant risk to progress on to esophageal cancer.

Dr. Altug treats high grade dysplasia related to Barrett's esophagus with the HALO Ablation Technique. The HALO Ablation Technique is done during a routine upper endoscopy in an outpatient setting.

Locations | Maps

Medical Center
1015 Medical Center Blvd. Suite 1700
Webster, Texas 77598
p: 281-480-6264
f: 281-480-4046

Methodist St. John
2060 Space Park Drive
Suite 200
Nassau Bay, TX 77058
p: 281-480-6264
f: 281-339-7623

Memorial Southeast
11920 Astoria Blvd.
Suite 410
Houston, TX 77089
p: 281-484-6264
f: 281-484-0740

10905 Memorial Herman Drive
Suite 211
Pearland, Texas 77584
p: 281-480-6264
f: 281-480-4046

Local Communities Serving Bay Area Gastroenterology

Alvin, Bacliff, Bay Area, Channelview, Clear Lake, Deer Park, Dickinson, Friendswood, Galena Park, Galveston, Houston, Kemah, La Marque, La Porte, League City, Manuel, Missouri City, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Pearland, Santa Fe, Seabrook, Shoreacres, South East Houston, South Shore, Texas City, Webster

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Accredited X-Ray Pathology Facility

CT Scans and Ultrasounds
Bay Area Gastroenterology is an accredited imaging facility providing on site CT scans and Ultrasound imaging

CERT Certification
Bay Area Gastroenterology provides College of American Pathologists certified pathology services

Members of ASGE

The physicians of Bay Area Gastroenterology are proud owners of an on site ASGE certified Endoscopy Center

Onsite infusion services provided for the treatment of Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Medical Research
Bay Area Gastroenterology is currently involved in several research projects including:
Crohn's Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Please contact Rick Rodriguez for more information,