Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can result from obesity. Gastric Bypass surgery can eliminate both.
Stories for Digestive Care
Kayla Wilson began experiencing symptoms of GERD as a child. At 24, she’s finally free.
When Kayla looks back on 2016, she’ll remember the year for two major milestones in her life: she earned her MBA, and finally conquered GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, which had troubled her since she was a child.
Dr. Jeff Roberts is a huge fan of mixed martial arts, but for 35 years he was in constant combat with his own body, fighting to keep his GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, under control. He wasn’t alone. More than 30 million people in the U.S. suffer varying degrees of the same condition.
GERD affects some 30 million people in the United States, yet it is surprisingly under-diagnosed. Many people simply accept the burning sensation and acid reflux as “normal.” “Often, patients don’t realize is that GERD is a serious digestive disorder that needs to be managed by medical professionals,” says Dr. Atif Iqbal. “Left undiagnosed or untreated, it can have long term complications.”
For thousands of Americans, Thanksgiving Day may begin with the tempting aromas of savory dishes, only to end in the discomfort of indigestion.