Reflux Surgery in Harris County, TX
Say Goodbye to Reflux and GERD for GOOD!
What is Reflux Surgery?
Fundoplication, more commonly referred to as “reflux surgery”, is a specialized surgical procedure that is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD occurs when the valve at the end of the esophagus fails to close properly when food travels into the stomach, and as a result, stomach acid flows back up through the esophagus, causing a bitter or sour taste in the mouth and a burning sensation in the chest. GERD can also cause nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, a chronic cough, bad breath, a sore throat, and a hoarse voice.
Reflux surgery corrects the valve at the end of the esophagus to tighten the opening to the stomach, thus preventing the contents of the stomach, including gastric acid, from traveling back into the esophagus. This surgical procedure is a proven, highly effective way to correct GERD. Clifton Thomas, MD, specializes in reflux surgery and has had the privilege of helping many patients throughout Houston, TX and the surrounding areas resolve their chronic reflux, reduce their pain, and improve their overall quality of life. Dr. Thomas and his team would be honored to do the same for you.
Why Reflux Surgery is Performed
Nearly everyone experiences reflux at some point. Generally, it isn’t a cause for concern when it occurs on occasion; however, when acid reflux becomes chronic, meaning that it occurs twice or more a week for several weeks in a row, you may be experiencing GERD. When other remedies, such as changes in diet and lifestyle habits, as well as medications, do not resolve the symptoms that are associated with GERD, reflux surgery may be recommended. This procedure may also be recommended for patients whose esophagus has been damaged as a result of severe reflux disease. Reflux surgery can also be used as a treatment for hiatal hernia, a condition that occurs when the upper portion of the stomach pushes through the diaphragm and into the chest.
Reflux surgery can provide a number of benefits for patients who are suffering GERD. Many patients report almost immediate relief following the procedure, meaning they no longer experience pain, discomfort, and other unpleasant and sometimes debilitating symptoms that are associated with chronic and severe acid reflux. A lot of patients stop taking reflux medications after surgery, and they can eat the foods that they love without having to worry about experiencing discomfort. In short, most of the patients who have reflux surgery enjoy a marked improvement in their overall quality of life.
Houston’s Leading Reflux Surgery Specialist
Are you suffering from a severe case of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD or chronic acid reflux)? Have tried various treatment options, including diet and lifestyle changes, as well as different medications, to no avail? Do your symptoms persist or have they become worse? Do you worry that your esophagus will become damaged as a result of chronic reflux or have you recently learned that it has, in fact, been damaged? Are you tired of living your life in pain? If so, then Clifton Thomas, MD, may be able to provide you with the long-lasting relief that you seek.
Dr. Thomas is a board-certified General Surgeon that specializes in reflux surgery. He is the pioneer of Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication for GERD as a treatment for heartburn symptoms and hiatal hernia and has been treating patients who suffer from heartburn, reflux, and GERD for nearly 30 years. Over the course of his career, Dr. Thomas has successfully helped hundreds of people improve their health and reclaim their quality of life. To learn more about reflux surgery and to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, please contact our office to schedule a consultation today.
Why Choose Clifton Thomas, MD?
Making an Appointment
If you are ready to take your first steps towards bariatric surgery or are not sure if it is right for you, give us a call today or schedule an appointment online. In person visits are virtual appointments are available; we recommend you begin with a virtual visit and follow up with an in person one. Depending on availability, you may be able to schedule a same day online appointment and get your questions about bariatric surgery texas answered almost immediately. You should know that weight loss surgery is typically restricted to persons with a body mass index of 40 or more. You might be eligible for surgery if you have a BMI between 35 and 40 and you also have an obesity related condition, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. Dr. Thomas serves the residents of East Texas, including the greater Houston area; he has three offices in Houston, one in Nacogdoches, and one in the Woodlands, with the office at the Houston Galleria being his primary location. We know that major health problems have likely led you to consider weight loss surgery and are eager to let us help you through this time in your life. Get in touch with us today, and Dr. Thomas will share his expertise to help you decide and the best route for you to a healthier lifestyle.