Recommendations for Treating GERD
For mild symptoms:
Avoid chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, fried and fatty foods (i.e. dairy/meats)
Use antacids (Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, Zantac, Tagament, etc)
Avoid late meals or lying down in bed within 3 hours of eating
Elevate the head of the bed with a foam wedge or 6” cinderblocks under the head bedposts
See your doctor for stronger medications and endoscopy (if warranted).
Anti-reflux surgery has not been very successful and is not generally recommended, except for rare cases.
Newer Endoscopic Anti-reflux surgeries (i.e. Stratta, Enterix) have not been uniformly helpful, and we do not advocate such procedures.