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A new device is helping treat acid reflux and heartburn ahead of the holidays

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The holidays are here – and with all the celebrations comes plenty of rich, exceptional food.

Eating those special meals can lead to heartburn symptoms and acid indigestion.

A local patient in College Station shares her experience with GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and how she can now enjoy all of her favorite foods.

“I love the Chick-Fil-A tea lemonade, and I got to where I couldn’t drink that anymore because the lemonade bothered me so much, and tomatoes and stuff like that,” says GERD patient Andi Coursey. “Random foods that I loved to eat kept bothering me, and medications weren’t helping.”

Andi Coursey had heard of GERD before, but not until two years of persistent abdominal pain after everything she ate.

“The quality of life just wasn’t there and it just took too long,” says Coursey. “I have young children. I have a lot going on in my life to have those experiences.

GERD is like acid reflux, but it’s more common.

“Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease have symptoms all year round, especially during the holidays when you eat a lot of foods that you don’t normally eat, and a lot of desserts and spices and things that can cause reflux and heartburn more significantly than what you normally would. experienced,” said Dr. Matt Jordan, Surgeon General, Baylor Scott & White.

“Ultimately, the problem that leads to heartburn and reflux is that there is a muscle at the top of the stomach that is supposed to stay closed between swallowing to keep the acid in the stomach and in patients with gastrointestinal disease is that muscle weak, it doesn’t work well to stay closed,” says Dr. Jordan.

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There is surgery that can help people with gastroesophageal disease heal and it involves metal beads.

“The LINX device is a magnetic ring of beads that sits around the junction of the esophagus with the stomach to prevent acid from coming out of the stomach,” says Dr. Jordan. “When the stomach is full and fills with acid and starts to push up toward the esophagus, the magnets in the device kick in to keep that sphincter closed.”

Coursey had the procedure done four months ago.

She says the results were immediate and because of her successful surgery, her husband will also be getting a LINX device next month.

“It went fast,” says Coursey. “It was easy. I was off work for a few days. It was almost immediately that I could see the difference. I didn’t take my meds until about a week after surgery and then I stopped all my reflux meds and I haven’t had any since. reflux medication used.

“I can drink my lemonade tea and have no problems. I don’t wake up in the middle of the night. I can have fun with my kids.”

If you experience heartburn and acid reflux symptoms, Dr. Jordan recommends that you contact your primary care physician to see if you are a candidate for the LINX device.

You can learn more about GERD at Baylor Scott & White’s website.

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