Acid Reflux Specialist

Dr. Brian Citro, a top-notch general surgeon, specializes in using the minimally invasive da Vinci® system to perform acid reflux surgery at his Las Vegas practice. Acid in the stomach helps you absorb vitamins and proteins, assists in the movement of food through the digestive tract, and serves as your body’s defense mechanism. If some of that acid ends up in the wrong place, such as your esophagus, this can cause a host of problems. To find out how Dr. Citro can help you with your acid reflux disease, call the Nexus Care office today or book an appointment online.

Acid Reflux Q & A

by Brian Citro, MD

What is acid reflux and what are the symptoms?

Acid reflux is the result of stomach acid rising through your esophagus (the tube connecting your stomach to your throat).

The valve at the entrance to your stomach, called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), is supposed to close as soon as food passes through it. If it malfunctions, by opening too much or at the wrong time, or if it doesn’t close properly, this creates a gateway for the acid to pass through.

Acid reflux symptoms include:

  • Heartburn
  • Regurgitation
  • Chest pain
  • Asthma-like symptoms
  • Nauseated feeling after a meal


Recurring, chronic acid reflux is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and it can cause swelling of the esophagus.

What are the dangers of acid reflux if left untreated?

Left untreated, GERD can cause:

  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Ulcers
  • Cancer


Changes in the cells in the esophagus, known as Barrett’s esophagus, while rare, can increase the risk for cancer.

How does the doctor treat acid reflux?

There are many available treatments for acid reflux, including over-the-counter and prescription medications. Dr. Citro works with you to ensure you’re getting the best treatment to fit your needs. He even offers minimally invasive surgery, if necessary.

The da Vinci system he uses has been chosen by surgeons worldwide to successfully relieve the symptoms of over 3 million acid reflux sufferers. The surgery can provide long-term relief and control over the disease.

If you have a hiatal hernia that’s causing your symptoms, Dr. Citro can repair it during the operation. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of your stomach forces its way up into your diaphragm muscle; this condition can cause acid reflux symptoms.

During the surgery, Dr. Citro wraps the upper curve of your stomach around your esophagus and gently stitches it in place, strengthening the valve, and stopping the acid. Your recovery period will likely be only two to four weeks.

If you’re experiencing any acid reflux symptoms, book online now or call to make an appointment with Dr. Citro.

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Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Google+

    "My experience with Dr. Citro, his office staff and his surgical staff were amazing, from the first visit until my follow up from surgery. I would refer him to anyone."

    Michele F.
  • Yelp

    "The doctor was very efficient. The procedure to take out two hernias took less than an hour. I am very happy that I was referred to him by my doctor."

    Precious S.
  • Healthgrades

    "He was pleasant, explained what the procedure involved, gave me information on the procedure... And staff helped alleviate any fears I had of getting surgery."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "I feel very comfortable with the job Dr. Citro performed on me. I'm healing well and feel great! Dr. Citro was very professional, and personable."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "Very professional, great doctor. I'm very happy with my surgery, and will recommend to my friends and family."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "I have had to use the services of Dr. Citro on two occasions and on both he did a excellent job. I can recommend him and if I am in need again will not hesitate."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Brian Citro is the best I really appreciate what he did for me. During my hernia surgery all his staff were very helpful and nice."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "He is really good, having full mastery of the art of doing robotic surgery. He will explain to you thoroughly what will you expect from your procedure. Thanks Doc."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "The entire process was handled with professionalism, and care. I felt relaxed and very comfortable with the entire situation. I would definitely recommend him."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "Staff was very friendly, helpful, cordial and prompt. Dr. Citro was very knowledgeable and caring. He made sure I felt comfortable."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "I was thoroughly pleased with my experience with Dr Citro. After he performed the surgery, the scar was barely noticeable. I would highly recommend him."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "Hopefully we won't have any further needs to see a surgeon but if we did - we would choose Dr. Citro again."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "My doctor who referred me said that if he was having my surgery he would have Citro do the surgery, so that was enough for me. Recovery went well and post op was good."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Citro has done several surgeries for me and I won't go anywhere else when I need surgery in the future. Love him and all his staff!"

    Verified Patient
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2420 Professional Ct, #110
Las Vegas, NV 89128
Phone: 702-648-9400
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