Non-surgical endoscopic treatment of reflux disease is possible

Expressing that reflux disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease with its common use is defined as the return of acid, food particles and other contents in the stomach to the esophagus, gastroenterology specialist Dr. Professor Murat Keskin said: “In reflux disease, one of the most common digestive diseases today, patients usually complain of symptoms such as a burning sensation in the esophagus, recurrent bitter water and food residue in the mouth, chest pain and a burning sensation in the chest. dry cough, sore throat, bad breath.Sometimes the complaints are so frequent and severe that the quality of life of the patients decreases considerably.Most patients who have to constantly think about what, where and when to eat, have to go to a long-term diet.At the same time, pills that suppress gastric acid secretion, called long-term stomach protector, and They must use syrup or tablets, called antacids.

So much so that there is a large group of patients who use bottled antacids, can’t go anywhere without syrup and can’t imagine life without stomach protection. In a significant proportion of reflux patients, there is a resistance to gastric drugs called proton pump inhibitors or years of addiction to such drugs. Today, side effects such as osteoporosis, susceptibility to infections, vitamin deficiencies and dementia are known to occur with long-term use of drugs such as proton pump inhibitors.

Murat Keskin stated that the gold standard treatment for gastric hernia, called hiatal hernia, is surgery, Murat Keskin said: “Endoscopic reflux treatments have been developed instead of surgery for patients who do not have a gastric hernia but have a loose valve between the stomach and esophagus, and who take long-term gastric acid-suppressing medications One of the endoscopic treatment methods for reflux. Anti-reflux mucosal ablation (ARMA) treatment is performed by endoscopically burning the lid between the stomach and esophagus with electrical current-generating blades or argon gas. The ulcer and wound created by the procedure are formed, ensure that the lid is compressed with the scar effect in this area during healing. With a one-minute procedure, years of reflux complaints and continuous drug use can come to an end. With this method, which has an 85% success rate, the patient is discharged from the hospital the same day without any incisions and surgical scars. be a chance to return to his old health,” he said.

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