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

Dr. Jonathan Aranow is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Middletown, CT and Old Saybrook, CT. Dr. Aranow's areas of expertise consist of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Aranow attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Middlesex Hospital.

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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. Jackie Chuong is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is rated highly by his patients. His professional affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chuong honors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chuong's office for an appointment. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He speaks Spanish.

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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)

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

Dr. Michael Dorfman specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Dorfman is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. 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 honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Illick attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. Dr. Illick speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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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 sees patients in Middletown, CT, Westbrook, CT, and Old Saybrook, CT. His medical specialties are general surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Romeyn graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He trained at Maine Medical Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Romeyn include colorectal surgery procedures and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Romeyn is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. 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.