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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 areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Middletown, CT and Old Saybrook, CT. The average patient rating for Dr. Aranow is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery. He is affiliated with Middlesex Hospital. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Aranow attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school.

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

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

Dr. Jackie Chuong's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Chuong average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chuong is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for his residency. Dr. Chuong is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (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. Dr. Dorfman is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He obtained his medical school training at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Dorfman honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Christopher Illick works as an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Illick obtained his medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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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 is a general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and cancer surgeon in Middletown, CT, Westbrook, CT, and Old Saybrook, CT. In Dr. Romeyn's practice, he is particularly interested in colorectal surgery procedures and laparoscopic surgery. He takes Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a graduate of Maine Medical Center's residency program. He is affiliated with Middlesex Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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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