Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Specialist

John Vizuete, MD, MPH

Gastroenterologist located in San Antonio, TX

Most people experience acid reflux many times in their lives. For some people, though, this reflux becomes chronic. John Vizuete, MD, MPH, treats men and women in San Antonio with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Through effective and noninvasive treatments, Dr. Vizuete works closely with you to treat and improve severe acid reflux. Call the office today or go online to start your treatment.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

What is GERD?

GERD — gastroesophageal reflux disease — is the chronic flow of stomach acid into your esophagus. If left untreated, GERD can severely irritate your esophageal lining.

It’s important to recognize acid reflux, which typically arises as a result of your diet and your body’s reaction to food. You’ll know you’re experiencing significant gastroesophageal reflux disease when symptoms occur at least twice a week.

In mild to moderate cases of GERD, changing your diet and taking thoughtful hygienic measures can reduce your symptoms. In more extreme cases, you’ll require expert medical attention.

What are the symptoms of GERD?

GERD exhibits the following symptoms:

  • Pain in your upper abdomen
  • A burning sensation in the chest after eating
  • Bitter or sour taste in the mouth following meals
  • Bad breath
  • Problems sleeping
  • A chronic cough
  • The sensation of a lump in your throat
  • Food or sour liquid regurgitation
  • Laryngitis
  • Asthma
  • Difficult or painful swallowing

If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, get in touch with Dr. Vizuete for diagnosis and treatment.

How do you diagnose GERD?

The best way to diagnose GERD is to perform an upper endoscopy. Dr. Vizuete uses upper endoscopies to get a close look at the inside of your esophagus. In doing so, he can determine the extent of your acid reflux and how much damage it has done to your esophageal lining.

How is GERD treated?

Dr. Vizuete can recommend a combination of diet changes, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and rarely surgery, for comprehensive GERD treatment.

Acid reducing medicines help neutralize some of the acids in your stomach, alleviate your symptoms, and start your esophagus’ healing process.

The two main surgeries that Dr. Vizuete uses if medications aren’t sufficient to help your GERD are designed to stop the acid reflux and strengthen your stomach lining:

  • LINX® surgery uses magnetic beads to seal the intersection of your stomach and esophagus
  • Fundoplication wraps your stomach around the lower esophageal sphincter to tighten the muscle

Dr. Vizuete only considers surgery as a last recourse. In some cases, though, it can be highly effective in preventing long-term complications.

If you’ve had persistent acid reflux, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vizuete to get rid of it once and for all. Call or go online today to start your treatment.