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We found 8 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept HealthLink Open Access near Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. John Christopher Eagon, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Oncology, Bariatric Surgery
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. J. Eagon is a physician who specializes in general surgery, oncology (cancer care), and bariatric surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Eagon include hiatal hernia, pancreatic cancer, and pancreatic surgery. Dr. Eagon is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Dr. Eagon is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hepatobiliary Cancer, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Jean Sandy Wang, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Women's Health
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Jean Wang is a gastroenterologist and women's health specialist in Saint Louis, MO. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Wang's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Acid Reflux, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Barrett's Esophagus

Dr. Chandra Prakash Gyawali, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Chandra Gyawali's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended Calicut Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His clinical interests include acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Gyawali honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Gyawali speaks Nepali. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Acid Reflux

Dr. Ghadah A Al Ismail, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Ghadah Al Ismail specializes in adult gastroenterology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in acid reflux (GERD). Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Al Ismail takes. Dr. Al Ismail attended King Faisal University College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Caritas Carney Hospital. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Cancer, Swallowing Problems, Screening ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary E Klingensmith, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Mary Klingensmith is a Saint Louis, MO physician who specializes in general surgery. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and gastrointestinal surgery. Dr. Klingensmith is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Klingensmith takes. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time. Her education and training includes medical school at Duke University School of Medicine and residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Magdi Awad, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Michael Awad specializes in general surgery and practices in Saint Louis, MO. Clinical interests for Dr. Awad include esophageal cancer, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery. Dr. Awad is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Awad attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Awad trained at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Hiatal Hernia, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Acid Reflux, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Bryan Fitch Meyers, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Oncology, Thoracic Surgery
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8b
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Bryan Meyers practices general surgery, oncology (cancer care), and thoracic surgery. Before performing his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Meyers attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His clinical interests encompass esophageal cancer, emphysema, and lung cancer. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Meyers's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Thoracic Cancer, Lung Problems, Trachea Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Dr. Varun Puri, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Oncology, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Varun Puri is a general surgery, oncology (cancer care), and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Saint Peters, MO and Saint Louis, MO. Clinical interests for Dr. Puri include lung transplant, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Christian Hospital, and Washington University Physicians. Dr. Puri is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. Dr. Puri (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Inguinal Hernia, Thoracic Cancer, Lung Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Barrett's ... (Read more)

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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.