Our treatments for gastro-oesophageal reflux diseaseDepending on the duration and intensity of your symptoms, various therapeutic approaches are possible. The spectrum of treatments ranges from acid-inhibiting drugs to surgical intervention. With your agreement, we select the optimum reflux treatment for you.
Conservative treatment methods
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: Treatment without surgery
Occasional or mild heartburn can be treated with medication.
Familiar home remedies such as stomach-friendly teas, potatoes, silicas or Bullrich salts can provide effective relief from acute or sporadic heartburn.
If the symptoms are more frequent or regular, the use of antacid medications (such as Ulcogant®) or acid inhibitors ("proton pump blockers") may help. Some of these preparations are freely available, however you should always consult a doctor or specialist before taking them for prolonged periods.
Often, changing your diet and lifestyle can help to prevent gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and chronic heartburn.
Surgical treatment methods
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: SurgeryShould non-invasive treatments fail to produce the desired outcome, surgery may be necessary. Furthermore, in the case of so-called "volume reflux", in which larger quantities of stomach contents enter the oesophagus (especially at night), surgery may be the method of choice.
Overview of surgical procedures
Depending on your individual needs and the severity of your illness, at Schoen Clinic we offer a range of procedures for the treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease:
- Endoscopic procedur
This procedure is carried out using an endoscope, whereby a tube is inserted into the stomach via the throat.
- Laparoscopic procedure
In this minimally invasive procedure, the surgical site is accessed via the abdominal cavity. This means that only very small incisions are necessary.
- Electrostimulator (Endo-Stim®)
An electrostimulator is inserted under the skin over the lower abdominal muscle. When stimulated with electrical impulses, the muscle can properly perform its occlusive function and prevent backflow of the stomach contents.
In this procedure, a chain of spherical magnets is placed around the lower oesophagus. These squeeze the oesophagus shut, but allow it to open during food intake. The closure of the oesophagus restricts the backflow of the acidic stomach contents, effectively preventing chronic heartburn.
This classic surgical procedure is considered a "gold standard" and is used to reconstruct and seal any holes in the diaphragm.