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

Dr. Jackie Chuong's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chuong takes. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Chuong's professional affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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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's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Aranow's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of cancer surgery, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass surgery. He is affiliated with Middlesex Hospital. He honors Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Aranow's training includes a residency program 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 is a gastroenterologist in Branford, CT, New Haven, CT, and Westbrook, CT. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For his residency, Dr. Illick trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Illick 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)

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

Dr. Michael Dorfman is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Branford, CT, New Haven, CT, and Westbrook, CT. 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). He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Dorfman is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Dorfman is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. 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)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
633 Middlesex Turnpike
Old Saybrook, CT
 

Dr. Robert Attaran is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist in Bridgeport, CT, Branford, CT, and New Haven, CT. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Attaran is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Sheffield Medical School. His residency was performed at Arizona Health Sciences Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, The William H. Backus Hospital, and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Attaran has an open panel.

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All Interests: Varicose Veins, Acid Reflux, Venous Insufficiency, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Coronary Artery ... (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's areas of specialization are general surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Romeyn's clinical interests encompass colorectal surgery procedures and laparoscopic surgery. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency 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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