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

Dr. Jackie Chuong is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Chuong takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Chuong's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chuong has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Jonathan Aranow is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in Middletown, CT and Old Saybrook, CT. Patient ratings for Dr. Aranow average 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery. He is affiliated with Middlesex Hospital. He honors Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Aranow performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Da Vinci Surgery, Acid Reflux, Intensive Care, Weight ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Christopher Illick practices adult gastroenterology. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Illick honors. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Illick has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Michael Dorfman is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU), Dr. Dorfman attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dorfman honors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hepatitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Pancreatic Cancer, Acid Reflux, Colon ... (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, who practices in Middletown, CT, Westbrook, CT, and Old Saybrook, CT, is a medical specialist in general surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Romeyn's areas of expertise include colorectal surgery procedures and laparoscopic surgery. He accepts Medicare insurance. After attending the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Maine Medical Center. He is 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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