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Medical director of esophageal and thoracic surgery
Sutter Health’s Eden Medical Center
Q: I take medication for my heartburn, but lately it isn’t as effective. Why do I keep getting heartburn and what else can I do to relieve the symptoms?
A: Imagine a room in your house is on fire and the alarm goes off, but instead of calling 911, you remove the batteries from the annoying alarm.
Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who take medication to ease heartburn are essentially shutting down their bodies’ alarm system.
Drugs work great for symptom control, to decrease acidity in the stomach. But in many patients, they mask the real problem.
Serious complications can develop, from osteoporosis as a side-effect of long-term medication use to esophageal cancer, which is a growing epidemic in the United States.
GERD is a disease of anatomy. It’s important to have a full work-up from an esophageal specialist. That includes endoscopy, biopsy, measurement of the volume of reflux and an internal pressure test.
Depending on the results, surgery may be an option. Implantation of a LINX® magnetic ring is a minimally invasive surgery I often perform. The ring is designed to augment the weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to help prevent acid and bile reflux from the stomach into the esophagus.
How LINX® works
Signs of GERD
You may be suffering from GERD if you have any of these symptoms:
Click here to learn more about GERD and LINX®.
Since 1998, Sutter Health has collaborated with March of Dimes. All contributions fund lifesaving research into preventing premature births, plus programs giving hope and help to families.
“Every day, more than 1,400 babies in the U.S. are born prematurely and these babies face an increased risk of serious medical conditions,” says Chuck Prosper, Bay Area March of Dimes board member and Alta Bates Summit CEO.
Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 9 to 10 p.m.
Three Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Urgent Care clinics are up and running and expanding services.
The Urgent Care at 2500 Milvia Street in Berkeley opened Jan. 26, joining clinics in Antioch and Castro Valley to serve patients of all ages. Together the clinics care for more than 1000 patients each month.
“Our patients are so happy we’re open,” says Jeff Leinen, M.D., SEBMF urgent care medical director. “They are grateful to have a place where they can get episodic urgent care. If not for urgent care, they have to go to the Emergency Department.”
Leinen adds that while the ED is “fabulous” for life-threatening illnesses, it’s very expensive for urgent care. “Patients say, ‘You just saved me $500 and three hours of my life,’” he adds.
Urinary tract infections are the most common illness treated. Generally, cold weather brings upper respiratory ailments and warm weather brings sprains, strains and broken limbs.
The Blue Rock clinic in Antioch is open every day, eight hours weekdays and five hours weekends and holidays. In March the Castro Valley clinic will expand its hours to match that. The Berkeley clinic is open 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekends and holidays. Those hours will extend as needed, Leinen says.
Joy Vaughns, supervisor for Castro Valley Urgent Care, has coordinated the opening of all three East Bay clinics. She says each has opened “with gusto,” including 10-20 patients waiting when the doors first opened in Antioch and Castro Valley. The Berkeley clinic cared for 48 patients in its first five days.
Many patients are referred by SEBMF primary care physicians.
“We see a lot of patients who are really feeling bad, but their doctors are not available for days or weeks,” Vaughns says. “Then they find out they can come and see us and we’re able to help them.”
“We are here for our patients and community. Every patient could potentially have been in the ED,” she says. “This is a great service we’re offering.”
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Date: Saturday, Feb. 28, 2014
Time: Cocktails start at 6 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m.
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Tickets: $45 per person (each person must have a ticket) To purchase tickets, please contact Sutter Delta Auxiliary at 925-756-1160
Imagine a room in your house is on fire and the alarm goes off, but instead of calling 911, you remove the batteries from the annoying alarm.
Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who take medication to ease heartburn are essentially shutting down their bodies’ alarm system, says Wilson S. Tsai, M.D., medical director of esophageal and thoracic surgery at Sutter Health’s Eden Medical Center.
“Drugs work great for symptom control, to decrease acidity in the stomach. But in many patients, they mask the real problem,” says Tsai. Read More about Beyond Heartburn: Addressing the Cause of GERD