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

Dr. Jackie Chuong is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Chuong is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Chuong attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chuong is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. Jonathan Aranow is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Middletown, CT and Old Saybrook, CT. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Aranow's areas of expertise consist of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery. He is affiliated with Middlesex Hospital. He honors Medicare insurance. He attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Intensive Care, Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Dorfman is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Dorfman is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU) for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Dorfman is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Pancreatic Cancer, Acid Reflux, Colon ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Christopher Illick's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Illick is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for his residency. Dr. Illick speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Pancreatic Cancer, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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 specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and practices in Middletown, CT, Westbrook, CT, and Old Saybrook, CT. Areas of expertise for Dr. Romeyn include colorectal surgery procedures, breast surgery, and laparoscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Middlesex Hospital. He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Romeyn obtained his medical school training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and performed his residency at Maine Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Breast Surgery, 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.