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

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

Dr. Chandra Gyawali specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gyawali include acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Gyawali is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Calicut Medical College and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Gyawali speaks Nepali.

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Relevant Interests: , acid reflux (GERD)

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

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

Dr. J. Eagon practices general surgery, oncology (cancer care), and bariatric surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Eagon's clinical interests: hiatal hernia, pancreatic cancer, and pancreatic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Eagon is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis.

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

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

Dr. Jean Wang is an adult gastroenterology and women's health specialist in Saint Louis, MO. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Wang accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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

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

Dr. Ghadah Al Ismail works as a gastroenterologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Al Ismail include acid reflux (GERD). She accepts Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended King Faisal University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Caritas Carney Hospital for residency. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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All Interests: Anorectal Procedures, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Cancer, Swallowing ... (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 works as a general surgeon, oncologist, and thoracic surgeon in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Dr. Meyers is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and Massachusetts General Hospital. In his practice, he is particularly interested in esophageal cancer, emphysema, and lung cancer. Dr. Meyers takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Siteman Cancer Center - South County.

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All Interests: Thoracic Cancer, Lung Problems, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Trachea Problems, Esophageal Cancer, ... (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. He has indicated that his clinical interests include esophageal cancer, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery. Dr. Awad accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Brown University, Alpert Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Awad trained at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Hiatal Hernia, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Acid Reflux, Gallbladder ... (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 in Saint Louis, MO. Areas of expertise for Dr. Klingensmith include minimally invasive surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and gastrointestinal surgery. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients. 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. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Puri (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi. Dr. Puri's clinical interests encompass lung transplant, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Christian Hospital, and Washington University Physicians. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University, Dr. Puri attended medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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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.
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