Once we identify a cause of your heartburn, we can provide a customized treatment plan. Depending on the severity of the condition, options may include lifestyle changes, medications or surgical interventions. Our surgeons perform open surgery, as well as minimally invasive surgeries and robotic procedures, for esophageal disease. Your surgeon will explain your particular procedure in more detail.
A number of simple lifestyle changes can often make significant improvement to your heartburn.
- Maintain a healthy weight to avoid abdominal pressure that pushes on your stomach and causes acid to rise into your esophagus.
- Learn which foods make your heartburn worse, such as spicy, fried or acidic foods, and avoid these choices.
- Avoid large meals or eating late at night. Wait at least three hours after eating before lying down.
- Avoid sodas or other carbonated beverages
- Avoid or minimize caffeinated beverages
- Avoid clothes that fit tightly around your waist.
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol. Both decrease the esophageal sphincter’s ability to close properly.
- Elevate the head of your bed or place a wedge between your mattress and box spring.