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Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Novant Heath Thomasville Medical Center provides advanced treatment options for patients suffering
from occasional heartburn to patients experiencing heartburn daily.
Thanks to recent medical breakthroughs, permanent relief for heartburn
sufferers is now available at the Triad Heartburn Treatment Center. From minimally-invasive surgery to non-surgical procedures, Thomasville Medical Center provides
advanced treatment options as part of our ongoing efforts to improve the quality
of life for everyone in our region.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) affects nearly 1.7 million people. Described
as "hot acid-like fluid coming up in the back of your throat", or chronic heartburn.
Although treatment for GERD has significantly improved over the years, permanent
relief is more readily available since the Triad Heartburn Treatment Center opened.
There are two forms of GERD. The most commonly-described symptoms include heartburn
or indigestion, acid refluxing into the esophagus from the stomach, and chest pain.
Another type of GERD is called Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR), which refers to the
backflow of stomach acid to the level of the throat. People with LPR may never have
heartburn or chest pain. The main symptoms of LPR are chronic hoarseness, throat
clearing, cough, lump in the throat or difficulty swallowing.
GERD can be serious and should be treated with either medications or a procedure
to control symptoms. The Triad Heartburn Treatment Center offers a complete work-up
and treatment by board-certified physicians and registered nurses.
Heartburn is a burning feeling in the chest or non-specific chest pain caused by
stomach contents. This occurs when the valve of muscle between the esophagus and
the stomach relaxes and highly-acidic stomach contents flows back into the esophagus.
A burning feeling in the middle of the chest
The burning feeling happens after meals or at night after lying down
Over-the-counter antacids or acid-reducing medicines bring temporary relief
Frequent belching after eating
Bitter or sour taste in the back of the throat.
Professionals at the Triad Heartburn Treatment Center recommend the following:
Limit caffeine-containing beverages
Avoid chocolate and peppermint/spearmint
Increase saliva production by sucking hard candies or chewing gum
Limit carbonated beverages and alcoholic beverages
Eat small, low-fat meals
Keep citrus fruits, tomatoes and other highly-acidic food to a minimum
Don't lie down for two or three hours after eating, and elevate the head of the
bed six inches
Wear loose-fitting clothes.
When lifestyle changes or medication do not relieve symptoms, a surgical procedure
called Laproscopic Nissen Fundoplication may be used. Learn