(or gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) occurs when a small valve (the
lower esophageal sphincter or LES) between the stomach and esophagus
leaks, causing digestive fluids and stomach acid to "back up" from the
stomach into the esophagus. This acid can irritate the esophagus,
leading to symptoms. GERD can also damage the delicate lining on the
inside of the esophagus, leading to more serious problems in some
Frequent heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD and often occurs after meals. It is often described as an uncomfortable, rising, burning sensation behind the breastbone. Other major sumptoms of GERD are: regurgitation of gastric acid or sour contents into the mouth; difficult and/or painful swallowing.
If you frequently experience heartburn or other symptoms, please schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.