Acid Reflux Specialist

Michael Sutker, MD

Bariatric, General & Laparoscopic Surgeon located in Dallas, TX & McKinney, TX

Recurring acid reflux that’s left untreated can result in long-term damage. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring acid reflux or ongoing heartburn and instead trust bariatric surgeon Michael Sutker, MD. He can treat you effectively and restore your quality of life so you can eat without fear again. To schedule an appointment at Michael Sutker, MD, PA, for your acid reflux, call either the Dallas or McKinney, Texas, office today or use the online booking feature.

Acid Reflux Q&A

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is a digestive disease where stomach acid aggravates the lining of your esophagus, the “pipe” through which food enters your stomach. This condition occurs when the sphincter muscle located at the base of your stomach doesn’t function properly and allows acid from your stomach to re-enter, or reflux, into your esophagus.

The sensitive tissue that lines the esophagus isn’t intended to come in contact with the acid. The result is the trademark burning, or heartburn, associated with acid reflux. Other less common symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Raspy voice
  • Tooth decay

One common type of acid reflux is gastroesophageal reflux disease, more commonly known as GERD.

What causes acid reflux?

One of the most common causes of acid reflux is structural stomach abnormalities that inhibit your diaphragm‘s ability to restrict acid from reaching your esophagus.

There are also other risk factors that can increase the likelihood of developing acid reflux symptoms, including:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Certain beverages (alcohol, tea, coffee, etc.)
  • Pregnancy
  • Snacking close to bedtime
  • Overeating

With the help of Dr. Sutker, acid reflux disease is very treatable.

How is acid reflux treated?

Acid reflux is generally treated with lifestyle modifications and medication management of prescribed drugs, such as antacids, H2 receptor blockers, and foaming agents.

Part of treating acid reflux with lifestyle modifications includes having Dr. Sutker help you detect triggers that bring on symptoms, such as certain habits, foods, or beverages.

In severe cases of acid reflux disease when you don’t see improvement after more conservative methods, Dr. Sutker may recommend surgical techniques to provide effective symptom relief.

What is anti-reflux surgery?

There are three types of anti-reflux surgery Dr. Sutker offers to treat chronic acid reflux and GERD. 

Fundoplication is a traditional type of anti-reflux surgery Dr. Sutker uses to reduce heartburn and other GERD symptoms. This procedure focuses on creating a new valve at the top of your stomach to prevent the backflow of acid into your esophagus. Dr. Sutker performs this procedure laparoscopically and requires only small incisions to create the new valve. 

Other types of anti-reflux surgeries available include gastric bypass surgery for weight loss and the placement of a LINX® device. LINX goes around your lower esophageal sphincter to add strength and prevent the contents of your stomach from flowing back up into your esophagus.

You don’t have to live with the persistent discomfort of acid reflux. Schedule a consultation today by calling the office of Michael Sutker, MD, PA, nearest you or by booking an appointment online.