More than the occasional heartburn

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

By: Molly Soto

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the acidified liquid content of the stomach backs up into the esophagus, causing symptoms that can include:


  • Heartburn
  • Regurgitation
  • Nausea

“A lot of times we base treatment on a person’s symptoms,” says Dr. Anna Pierce, a general and bariatric surgeon at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.


“We discuss the severity and occurrences of heartburn and regurgitation. Surgery is usually for people who have symptoms at least three times a week and have sought medical attention for it already.”



“The most common reasons patients look into surgical options for GERD is when they’re either tired of taking medication, sick of the cost of medications or concerned about the long-term side effects of being dependent on their medications,” Pierce says.


If left untreated, GERD can cause complications such as esophagitis, esophageal ulcers, bleeding and scarring of the esophagus.


Dr. Anna Pierce sees patients at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. To request an appointment, call 920-288-8250 or request an appointment online.

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