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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's areas of specialization are general surgery, oncology (cancer care), and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: 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. Dr. Eagon honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Dr. Eagon attended Harvard Medical School.

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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 works as an adult gastroenterologist and women's health specialist. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. After attending Brown University, Alpert Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wang takes.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in acid reflux (GERD). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Calicut Medical College for medical school, Dr. Gyawali completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He speaks Nepali. Dr. Gyawali'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: 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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Saint Louis, MO. Clinical interests for Dr. Al Ismail include acid reflux (GERD). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. Dr. Al Ismail honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from King Faisal University College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Al Ismail trained at Caritas Carney Hospital.

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

Dr. Michael Awad works as a general surgeon. He has a special interest in 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 attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and subsequently trained at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for residency. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Gallbladder Problems, Gallbladder Removal ... (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 physician who specializes in general surgery, oncology (cancer care), and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University, Dr. Puri attended All India Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Puri include lung transplant, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Puri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hindi and Punjabi. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Christian Hospital, and Washington University Physicians.

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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)

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 works as a general surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Klingensmith include minimally invasive surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and gastrointestinal surgery. Her professional affiliations include 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. She has a closed panel. Before performing her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Klingensmith attended Duke University School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Bryan Meyers' specialties are general surgery, oncology (cancer care), and thoracic surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal cancer, emphysema, and lung cancer. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Meyers studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Massachusetts General Hospital. His 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)

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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.