Please call the Digestive Care Center at Orange Coast Medical Center at (714) 378-7664 for a consultation.
The Digestive Care Center at Orange Coast Medical Center offers a one-stop, comprehensive program for the diagnosis and treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), motility disorders, and benign and cancerous diseases of the upper gastrointestinal system (esophagus, stomach and duodenum).
Our clinical experts include gastroenterologists and surgeons who specialize in the treatment of mild to severe GERD and other digestive disorders. The multidisciplinary team helps patients with early diagnosis and treatment of GERD, as well as the management and care of early or progressed esophageal or stomach cancer.
The Digestive Care Center at Orange Coast Medical Center offers the most modern, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and surgical procedures for digestive care diseases including:
At the Digestive Care Center at Orange Coast Medical Center, our minimally invasive approach allows us to perform surgery laparoscopically or robotically, in many cases. With robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon is able to make more precise movements and has a better view than with the human eye, resulting in a safer surgery than a traditional open procedure. Our patients typically stay in the hospital overnight and return home the next day completely free of GERD symptoms.
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Functional digestive disorders afflict up to 20 percent of the American population, resulting in at least 3.5 million office visits each year. Studies show that more people would be prompted to seek help for their digestive disorders if they were confident the disorders could be corrected.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the United States, affecting 25 - 40 million people, including infants and children. GERD occurs when the stomach’s acidic contents rise up into the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.
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Esophageal pH and pharyngeal pH monitoring - 48 Hour measures acid exposure in the upper and lower esophagus, helping to rule out other causes and is the most objective way to detect and assess the severity of reflux disease Pharyngeal pH monitoring detects acid in the pharynx, which is a good surrogate for aspiration event
Impedance has helped physicians gain a better understanding of the role non-acidic things refluxing from the stomach into the esophagus, and even beyond, into the lungs. Until recently physicians had only the pH test to detect reflux, thus were measuring only acid.
Manometry evaluates the esophagus’ muscular contractions – their amplitude and wave action – and the pressure, location and relaxation of the LES. Surgeons need to know whether the motility of the esophagus is poor when considering a fundoplication.
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Nissen fundoplication has a long track record with exceptional results and can be performed on almost every severe GERD patients. It is the most commonly performed fundoplication worldwide. During the procedure, the surgeon wraps the top part of the stomach around the esophagus to prevent the backflow of acids.
LINX is the most recent procedure for treating GERD and has proved to be highly effective in relieving severe GERD symptoms completely. The LINX procedure consists of implanting a flexible titanium bracelet with a core of magnetic beads that encircles the malfunctioning lower esophageal sphincter (LES).
Nissen Fundoplication has a long track record with exceptional results and can be performed on almost every severe GERD patients. It is the most commonly performed fundoplication worldwide. During the procedure, the surgeon wraps the top part of the stomach around the esophagus to prevent the backflow of acids.
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