Our general surgeons rely on a team approach and work closely with other specialists involved in your care to diagnose and provide timely surgeries for complex conditions. Our general surgeons specialize in, but are not limited to, performing surgical procedures on the esophagus, stomach, bowels, colon, liver, pancreas and gallbladder. Some of our general surgeons also treat diseases involving the skins, breasts, soft tissues and hernias.
Our surgical team specializes in providing care for surgical conditions affecting almost any area of the body, including the head and neck, breast, abdomen, arms and legs, and internal systems such as the gastrointestinal, vascular, and endocrine systems. We have many experienced and skilled surgeons on staff, and offer surgical procedures in numerous areas, including, but not limited to:
- Interventional Radiology
- Minimally Invasive
- Pain relief
Whatever your surgical needs are, we hope you will choose Bingham Healthcare for your next procedure.
Heartburn & GERD
How Often Do You Suffer from Heartburn?
When the burning happens more than twice a week, it can indicate a more serious problem—Acid Reflux Disease. You’re not alone. Every day, as many as 15 million Americans experience heartburn or chronic acid reflux.
Reflux disease is caused when the valve at the top of your stomach no longer closes properly. This allows the acid in your stomach to reflux, or flow back up your throat. The acid, while in your throat, causes the common symptoms of heartburn. It can also cause difficulties swallowing, hoarseness, a persistent cough, swelling, burning, and even sleeping problems.
However, if acid reflux occurs frequently, or is accompanied by other symptoms, it could potentially be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)—a disease that affects one in five adults in the United States.
GERD is caused by a weak valve that allows acid, bile and stomach contents to flow back from the stomach into the esophagus, creating pain (heartburn) and can often cause damage to the lining of the esophagus. Heartburn is the most common symptom, but not the only one. Some GERD sufferers experience other symptoms, such as:
- Bad breath
- Persistent cough
- Sleep disruption
- Tooth erosion
GERD is a serious disease that can impact every aspect of a person’s life, but there are treatments. Additionally, it’s important to speak with one of our specialists about chronic acid reflux, which can lead to a condition called Barrett’s esophagus—a precancerous condition that increases one’s risk to develop cancer of the esophagus.