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Dr. Steven Williams in Boise, Idaho

Archive by category: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)Return
February 2019
Can You Burp or Vomit After a GERD (or fundoplication) Surgery?

Can You Burp or Vomit After a GERD (or fundoplication) Surgery?

Many surgeons will tell their patients that after a fundoplication surgery for GERD or hiatal hernia repair that they will never be able to vomit or belch again. For myself, it would scare me to think that if I had food poisoning or the stomach flu, that I could no longer be able to regurgitate.
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January 2019
The Best Diet for GERD Issues

The Best Diet for GERD Issues

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a condition that arises when stomach acid backflows into the esophagus causing a burning sensation in the chest and the back of the throat. The medical term “REFLUX” just means fluid flowing in an abnormal direction. For instance, venous reflux is the condition of blood being pulled away from the heart, as in varicose veins in the leg, where blood being pulled downward by gravity instead of returning normally to the heart. Esophageal reflux is the cond...
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February 2017
GERD in Babies & Children

GERD in Babies & Children

When vomiting and other abnormal symptoms, such as throat pain and breathing problems, arise, it may be due to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (or GERD).
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January 2017
Recovering from GERD Surgery

Recovering from GERD Surgery

Plan to take it easy after surgery to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. Most patients are in the hospital for up to three days, and even after discharge, you will need to rest and relax.
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December 2016
When surgery is necessary for GERD treatment

When surgery is necessary for GERD treatment

We've all had some type of acid regurgitation, but some people experience it chronically, and their symptoms are severe. GERD is gastroesophageal reflux disease, and its most common symptom is severe heartburn. Chronic GERD can damage the esophagus.
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Lifestyle Changes for GERD Treatment

Lifestyle Changes for GERD Treatment

​​​​​​​Making lifestyle changes can increase the quality of living daily life with GERD.  Here are a few tips to helping you manage your GERD symptoms.
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November 2016
What is Nissen Fundoplication?

What is Nissen Fundoplication?

Nissen fundoplication is a common surgical procedure used to treat GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) as well as hiatal hernias. It is often a last resort for patients with GERD, used only when other medical treatments have failed. For hiatal hernias, however, it is the most common surgical treatment.
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