Heartburn Center at Sunrise

To speak with someone about GERD, as well as heartburn and its causes, symptoms or treatments, call our Digestive Coordinator at (702) 855-2380.

Heartburn Center at Sunrise

Our expert staff through the Heartburn Center at Sunrise has the capability to thoroughly evaluate your condition and deliver heartburn treatment choices that will provide the relief you deserve. We have the latest state-of-the-art technologies to test the function of the esophagus, measure acid levels and evaluate for pre-cancerous conditions. We can then deliver treatment tailored specifically for you, whether it is medications or the latest in minimally invasive surgery. The Heartburn Center at Sunrise Hospital has even been selected as one of the first centers nationally to offer the LINX Reflux Management Device, which is the latest in GERD treatments.

What is GERD?

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, commonly referred to as GERD or heartburn, is defined as a condition caused by the reflux (or back up) of stomach contents into the esophagus, causing troublesome symptoms and complications. Also known as acid reflux, this condition is caused by the malfunctioning of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) which acts as a valve between the sensitive lining of the esophagus and the acid contents of the stomach. This reflux of acidic stomach contents can cause a variety of bothersome symptoms. 

Symptoms of
GERD include:

  • Heartburn
  • Hoarseness
  • Regurgitation
  • Sore throat
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Throat clearing
  • Nausea
  • Dental disease
  • Coughing
  • Sleep disturbances

If you answer yes to two or more of the following questions, you may have GERD.

  • Do you frequently have one or more of the following:
    1. an uncomfortable feeling behind the breastbone that seems to be moving upward from the stomach?
    2. a burning sensation in the back of your throat?
    3. a bitter acid taste in your mouth?
  • Do you often experience these problems after meals?
  • Do you experience heartburn or acid indigestion two or more times per week?
  • Do you find that antacids only provide temporary relief from your symptoms?
  • Are you taking prescription medication to treat heartburn, but still having symptoms?

Symptom and Treatment Options

Lifestyle Changes – In some cases, changing diet, losing weight, limiting smoking and alcohol consumption, altering eating, and sleeping patterns may help address symptoms of GERD.

Drug Therapy – GERD medications are designed to reduce acid production in the stomach. While these medications may reduce acid and help heal irritation to the esophagus, they do not address the cause of GERD, the weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES), and do not prevent reflux. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a series of statements on possible side effects of long-term use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI), a popular class of drug for treating GERD. (FDA.gov)

Surgery – There are minimally invasive surgical procedures available to treat GERD. These procedures are designed to correct the cause of GERD, the weak LES, and restore the body’s barrier to reflux.

Introducing LINX®

LINX band shown on finger to demonstrate scaleThe LINX device, an FDA approved device for the treatment of GERD, is a small magnetic ring which is permanently placed around the lower esophagus near the opening to the stomach. When in place, it performs the same function as the lower esophageal sphincter by helping to keep the opening to the stomach closed, thus preventing stomach fluids from entering the esophagus.

A 30-minute, minimally invasive surgical procedure called laparoscopy is used to place the device; patients typically are sent home the next day and, unlike traditional surgery, it only requires a few very small incisions to perform.  Sunrise is the first hospital in Las Vegas to perform the only FDA approved treatment for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), LINX®. Shawn T. Tsuda M.D., F.A.C.S., is the first LINX® trained surgeon in Southern Nevada.

Watch this Video to Learn How LINX® Can Be Used to Treat Heartburn