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Acid Reflux Treatment Specialist

Jeffrey M. Loria, MD -  - Gastroenterologist

Jeffrey M. Loria, MD

Gastroenterologist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

At least 20% of adults in this country suffer symptoms of acid reflux weekly, according to the National Institute of Health. Dr. Jeffrey M. Loria, a top-rated gastroenterologist located on the Upper East Side in New York City, has over 20 years of experience in diagnosing and alleviating acid reflux disease for patients throughout the greater Manhattan area.

Acid Reflux Treatment Q & A

What is acid reflux disease?

Acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a common digestive issue characterized by the frequent (at least twice a week) flow of gastric acid from the stomach back into the esophagus. Acid reflux can cause heartburn, coughing, difficulty swallowing, the feeling of having a lump in the throat, wheezing, and chest and throat pain. About 60% of adults in this country experience acid reflux from time to time, with about 20% experiencing symptoms regularly. Acid reflux disease is usually not serious. However, left untreated, in some cases, it can lead to inflammation, irritation and ulceration and stricturing of the esophagus lining. Chronic untreated acid reflux can lead to Barrett’s esophagus (changes to the esophagus lining that can be a precursor to esophageal cancer).

What are the risk factors for acid reflux disease?

While anybody can suffer from acid reflux disease, a number of factors can increase an individual's risk. These include:

  • Obesity, especially abdominal obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Respiratory diseases, such as asthma and COPD
  • Diabetes
  • A hiatal hernia, a condition in which the stomach pushes up through the diaphragm
  • Certain eating patterns, and food choices
  • Certain medications, including aspirin, antibiotics, and opioids
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Hereditary factors

How does Dr. Loria diagnose acid reflux disease?

Dr. Loria will begin with a consultation that includes taking a complete medical history, a detailed discussion of the patient’s symptoms, diet, and lifestyle, and a physical examination. Upper GI endoscopy is often performed to evaluate chronic symptoms. Additional advanced diagnostic testing may be indicated in refractory cases.

How does Dr. Loria treat acid reflux disuse?

Utilizing information analyzed through an in-depth consultation, physical exam and possibly endoscopy or other imaging, Dr. Loria devises a personalized treatment plan for each patient. In most cases, he is able to manage a patient’s acid reflux disease with dietary and lifestyle adjustments. Often medication or other non-invasive remedies may also be used. Only in rare instances is surgery required.