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We found 2 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept CIGNA PPO near Cherry Hill, NJ.

Dr. Keith Alan Kuenzler MD
Specializes in Pediatric Surgery, General Surgery
30 Prospect Avenue - WFAN; Bldg. - Room 311
Hackensack, NJ
(551) 996-2921

Dr. Keith Kuenzler's medical specialty is pediatric surgery and general surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Kuenzler speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cancer surgery, and pyloric stenosis. His professional affiliations include Hackensack University Medical Center and NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Kuenzler's education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: congenital abnormality of respiratory system, esophageal atresia, pectus excavatum, pyloric ... (Read more)

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Erich Paul Voigt MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat)
14th floor, department of otolaryngology; 240 E 38th street
New York, NY
(646) 501-7890; (212) 686-7500

Dr. Erich Voigt is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Dr. Voigt (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Greek, and Ukrainian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Voigt include chronic sinusitis, polyps, and nasal fractures. He is professionally affiliated with VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Voigt attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Voigt completed a residency program at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: parotid diseases, salivary gland tumor, hyperparathyroidism, snoring, chronic sinusitis, ... (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.