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Dr. Jonathan S Aranow, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
154 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT
 

Dr. Jonathan Aranow's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Aranow attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency. His clinical interests include laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Aranow honors Medicare insurance. He is affiliated with Middlesex Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5 Pequot Park Road; Suite 302
Westbrook, CT
 

Dr. Jackie Chuong's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patients rated Dr. Chuong highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Chuong attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Chuong's professional affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5 Pequot Park Road; Suite 302
Westbrook, CT
 

Dr. Michael Dorfman sees patients in Branford, CT, New Haven, CT, and Westbrook, CT. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Dorfman speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5 Pequot Park Road; Suite 302
Westbrook, CT
 

Dr. Christopher Illick, who practices in Branford, CT, New Haven, CT, and Westbrook, CT, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Illick graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Peter Starratt Romeyn, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5 Pequot Park Road; Suite 203
Westbrook, CT
 

Dr. Peter Romeyn is a specialist in general surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He works in Middletown, CT, Westbrook, CT, and Old Saybrook, CT. After completing medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Maine Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Romeyn focuses on colorectal surgery procedures and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Romeyn honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Romeyn is professionally affiliated with Middlesex Hospital.

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All Interests: Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Laparoscopic Surgery, Da Vinci Surgery, Acid Reflux

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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