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

Severe symptoms:
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.