Reflux Disease

Heartburn(also called pyrosis) is a burning sensation in the upper chest or abdomen which is caused by acid reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. Heartburn is the main symptom of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). GERD can be debilitating and expensive – sometimes requiring medication for life. Patients who suffer with reflux disease and GERD may have to sleep propped up on pillows and cannot eat things like coffee, chocolate or anything spicy.

What would cause acid reflux or GERD?

Acid reflux and GERD typically stem from two main causes. The first is the patient has an incompetent gastroesophageal sphincter, which means that the “door” between the stomach and the esophagus isn’t strong enough to keep the stomach acid from coming back up from time to time. The second is the patient is suffering with a hiatal hernia causing the Acid Reflux Disease symptoms.

How are reflux disease conditions repaired?

Dr. Shakov can repair either of those conditions laparoscopically – which means through small incisions with the assistance of a camera. Dr. Shakov uses the camera and tools to repair the defect causing the hiatal hernia or wraps the stomach around itself (fundoplication). In rare cases, Dr. Shakov will need to switch to an “open” surgical method where a larger incision is needed. Dr. Shakov always does everything possible to avoid an open surgery for reflux disease, but the patient’s safety takes precedence over any cosmetic issues around scarring and he will change methods if he deems it medically necessary.

Where is the surgery performed?

Dr. Shakov performs anti-reflux surgery in Monmouth and Ocean County New Jersey at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold New Jersey, Community Medical Center in Toms River, NJ and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, NJ.