Treatment Options for GERD

Over the counter medications can often treat mild cases of reflux, yet for more serious conditions of GERD, a physician may recommend the following:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Prescription drug therapy
  • Adjunctive drug therapy
  • Endoscopic procedures
  • Surgical treatment

Hoag-USC Surgical Center specializes in the surgical treatment of complex GERD cases, led by surgeon team John C. Lipham, M.D. and Nikolai Bildzukewicz, M.D.​

Advanced treatment capabilities include:

Nissen fundoplication

During fundoplication surgery, the upper curve of the stomach (the fundus) is wrapped around the esophagus and sewn into place so that the lower portion of the esophagus passes through a small tunnel of stomach muscle. This surgery strengthens the valve between the esophagus and stomach (lower esophageal sphincter), which stops acid from backing up into the esophagus as easily. This allows the esophagus to heal.

This procedure can be done through the abdomen or the chest. The chest approach is often used if a person is overweight or has a short esophagus.

This procedure is often done using a laparoscopic surgical technique.

LINX Reflux Management System - New, FDA Approved Device

Hoag is one of only three centers in California to offer the LINX Reflux Management System, a revolutionary new procedure that cures GERD and its symptoms. This short outpatient laparoscopic treatment option is ideal for individuals living with severe GERD, or for individuals who do not want to take medication to manage this disease.

Learn more about LINX Reflux Management System​