Treatments for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn
The treatment and management of GERD or heartburn involves lifestyle changes and medications. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
The goals of treatment include:
- Reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach
- Strengthening the sphincter muscle
- Reducing the amount of food, liquid, and stomach acid that flows backward into the esophagus from the stomach
Treatment may involve the following:Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgery
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