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 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:
Recurring, chronic acid reflux is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and it can cause swelling of the esophagus.
Left untreated, GERD can cause:
Changes in the cells in the esophagus, known as Barrett’s esophagus, while rare, can increase the risk for cancer.
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.