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Health conditions that co-occur with obesity include cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, diabetes, some types of cancer and gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD.
When the gastroesophageal junction does not function properly, symptoms of GERD occur. A high BMI has been shown to play a role in this dysfunction. Weight loss and lifestyle modification improve the condition.
There are three categories of treatment for GERD: Antacids, surgery and endoscopic procedures. Your doctor will know which is best for your particular condition and desired outcome. (Also, see our information on Acid Reflux Treatment by clicking the link on the menu to the right.)
For patients considering bariatric surgery, know that some bariatric procedures also help with GERD treatment in Anaheim.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), of the available bariatric procedures, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is the most effective in alleviating GERD symptoms. RYGB also achieves results similar to fundoplication, a surgery that surgically strengthens the muscles between the stomach and esophagus.
The NIH also reported that GERD symptoms increased after sleeve gastrectomy procedures in some patients. Also, their studies showed that gastric banding procedures may show improvement in the short term, but that over time, GERD symptoms may get worse.
It is important to know that bariatric surgery can help improve your overall health as well as help you lose weight. It is also good to know that if you also suffer from GERD, then those symptoms may be helped by the bariatric surgeries that you may be considering. Your doctor will know how these different surgery options will affect your physiology and your gastrointestinal tract, and he or she will be able to make a recommendation as to which option will best help you reach your weight, health and GERD treatment goals.