Acid reflux — commonly referred to as heartburn
By the time a patient presents to a gastroenterologist for evaluation of their heartburn or regurgitation, they usually have tried a number of over-the-counter remedies as well as homeopathic treatments (apple cider vinegar). When the self-directed approach has failed to adequately relieve his or her symptoms, they typically seek out further care and evaluation. In some cases, it is the failure of the patient to properly utilize these treatments. Educating them as to the correct usage in many cases can result in improvement of their symptoms.
For many, a more directed and comprehensive strategy is necessary. There are a number of medications that can have varying responses from person to person. Knowing how to combine over-the-counter remedies, prescription medications, lifestyle changes (diet, weight management, social habits) and timing of medications can greatly improve the patient’s outcomes.
Is it reflux disease or something else?
Acid reflux disease is associated with potentially serious complications. The history of the patient is very important to evaluate for such possibilities. In addition, there are other diseases that at times can mimic symptoms of reflux disease that need to be considered, as well. This all requires a great deal of expertise.
Dr. Feinstein, now in practice for more than 35 years, has experience in treating thousands of patients with this condition. His experience, knowledge and ability to educate and explain to the patient what GERD treatment and tests are needed can them provide a quality outcome.
Our acid reflux patients come to us from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica and Sherman Oaks in Los Angeles County, CA. To learn more about acid refluxtreatment and heartburn treatment, call us at 310.652.5021 with your questions. You can also use our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your one-on-one, personal time with GI doctor Joel Feinstein, MD.