Acid Reflux Specialist
Atlanta Body Institute
Acid Reflux Q & A
What is acid reflux?
Acid reflux occurs when acid from your stomach is pushed upwards and enters your esophagus. This is caused by pressure on your abdomen from being overweight, obese, or pregnant, certain medications, and smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke.
Acid reflux is also called gastroesophageal reflux (GER), heartburn, and acid indigestion. In chronic cases — when you experience acid reflux more than twice a week for a few weeks — your symptoms fall into the category of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
What are the symptoms of acid reflux?
Acid reflux has specific symptoms caused by stomach acid in the esophagus. These include:
- Bad breath
- Pain in your chest or upper abdomen
- Problems swallowing or painful swallowing
- Respiratory problems
- Wearing away tooth enamel
In cases of GERD, acid can irritate or erode the lining of the esophagus and cause more severe complications.
Why is acid reflux or GERD dangerous?
Acid reflux and GERD are dangerous due to the irritation and erosion of the esophagus caused by stomach acid. Some of the complications associated with GERD include:
- Esophageal stricture
- Respiratory problems like laryngitis, pneumonia, or wheezing
- Barrett’s esophagus
Not only are symptoms worse with GERD, but they can become chronic and cause other serious health issues if not treated.
How is acid reflux diagnosed?
If Dr. Ibikunle suspects you have acid reflux, he performs several tests to make a diagnosis. These tests include:
Upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy and biopsy
Dr. Ibikunle inserts an endoscopic camera into your esophagus to visualize any damage caused by stomach acid.
Upper GI series
This is a series of X-rays to examine the structures in your upper GI tract.
Esophageal pH and impedance monitoring
This test identifies the quantity of stomach acid in your esophagus during a normal day.
Bravo wireless esophageal pH monitoring
This test measures the quantity of stomach acid in your esophagus. It uses a small capsule — placed inside your esophagus in an outpatient procedure — to send signals to a wireless receiver.
This test assesses muscle contractions within the esophagus.
How is acid reflux treated?
Dr. Ibikunle offers comprehensive treatment for acid reflux. Based on your symptoms, Dr. Ibikunle may recommend dietary changes, weight loss, medications, or appropriate surgical treatment.
Acid reflux doesn’t have to bother you anymore. Call or schedule a visit with Dr. Ibikunle today to learn about treatment options.
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