Do you suffer from these annoying symptoms of gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), even though you take medication for this condition?
- Hoarseness or sore throat,
- Difficulty swallowing,
- Acid backflow, or
- Sensation of congestion or a lump in the throat?
Did you know that over time, these symptoms could cause more serious health complications? Are you aware you could sustain long lasting or permanent damage to your health as a result? Here are the serious consequences of untreated GERD:
Esophagitis. When the esophagus is repeatedly exposed to stomach acid, it becomes irritated and inflamed. This inflammation, called esophagitis, can cause swelling and can make swallowing painful.
Esophageal Ulcers. Sores that form inside the esophageal lining are called esophageal ulcers. These are very painful and can cause chest pain and nausea, as well.
Esophageal Stricture. When acid repeatedly contacts the inside of the esophagus, scar tissue forms and builds up, thickening the esophageal lining and making the passageway for food more narrow. Known as esophageal stricture, this condition makes eating and drinking more difficult and in advanced cases can lead to dehydration and weight loss.
Barrett’s Esophagus. A condition where the frequent contact with stomach acid causes cells in the esophagus to become precancerous.
Esophageal Cancer. Those with Barrett’s esophagus are at risk of developing cancer of the esophagus but fortunately, the risk is low. This type of cancer can be difficult to detect until later stages, so those at high risk should discuss screening options with their doctor.
Damage to Tooth Enamel. The enamel that coats our teeth, protecting them from decay, is destroyed by repeated exposure to stomach acid. GERD that is not successfully treated can make teeth more vulnerable to cavities.
GERD is not always treated successfully by medications and dietary changes. If you have tried everything and are still suffering from GERD, you do have other options. Malladi Bariatrics and Advanced Surgery offers minimally-invasive reflux surgery procedures that can treat your GERD at its source. Contact us at (214) 242-9737 to learn more.