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6C Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wmlm Plrk, MD Many of us have experienced the symptoms of acid reflux, which may include: heartburn * hiccups regurgitation sore throat o burping nausea bloating If you experience symptoms of acid reflux more than two times per week, you might want to discuss this problem further with your health care provider. For many people, acid reflux, or officially gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), can be well-managed with lifestyle modifications and medications, such as avoiding foods or drinks that cause symptoms, eating smaller meals frequently durin g the day, quitting smoking, or maintaining a healthy weight. For people who have GERD and whose symptoms are not managed well by medication, a procedure that aims to physically preventthe reflux of stomach contents in to the esophagus is available. This common procedure is called Nissen fundoplication. I have been experiencing indigestion more and more frequently, making me concerned about my digestive health. Will you explain what acid reflux disease is and what symptoms are associated with it? Acid reflux is experienced by tens of millions of people every day. The primary culprit behind the nagging and painful symptoms of acid reflux is a faulty lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES is a ring of muscle located at the entrance of the stomach. When the LES is working properly, it closes after food and liquid passes through it into the stomach. If the LES is not closing properly or opens at the wrong time, stomach contents and acid can rise up in to the esophagus causing reflux symptoms. During fundoplication surgery, the fundus (the upper curve of the stomach) is wrapped around the esophagus camera and sewn into place so thatthe lower portion of the esophagus pass'as through a small tunnel of stomach muscle. The procedure strengthens the valve between the esophagus and stomach preventing acid from backing up into the esophagus. This allows the esophagus to heal. A Nissen fundoplication procedure can be done through either the abdomen or chest and is often performed with a laparoscopic technique. As mentioned earlier, if you experience acid reflux symptoms two or more times a week despite making lifestyle and dietary changes, or if your symptoms are interfering with your life, see your health care provider. Thanksgiving When you think about Thanksgiving, the first thing that comes to mind is foodl With the abundance of decadent, unhealthy foods and desserts, it can be very difficult to keep your waistline in check. Here are the do's and don'ts for the holiday season. Health Clinic, Dr. Park ICLA Medical David Geffen School Medicine+ Prior to joining Banner Don't: Skip Breakfast If you are sitting down to a meat with an empty stomach, your chances of overeating are significantly increased. A smaLL meal in the morning wilt help curb your appetite and help control your portions and how often you eat during the rest of the day. Do: Exercise Stay or become active. Find a type of physical activity you enjoy. Start or increase your exercise routine Leading up to Thanksgiving and remain active through the holiday season. Consider including a family walk or spending time at a Local park as part of your Thanksgiving Day. Do: Eat sLowLy With so many delicious options, it is easy to dig in fast and furiously. Resist the urge. Savorincj your food by eating sLowLy aLLows you to feel fuLL and enjoy your food. ResuLt? Fewer calories in. Do: Watch your aLcohoL intake ALcohoL has calories too, and can impair your judgment when it comes to going back for seconds, or thirds. Remember to drink water. It wiLL keep you hydrated and can help Limit your aLcohoL consumption. Do: Watch.your portions . Keeping your portions smaLL and reasonably healthy Lets you to sample more of the foods you Love. Make su re to include some heart-heaLthy vegetable side dishes. Don't: Forget what the hoUday is about. I~20AM