Hal N Buch, MD
Gastroenterology located in Kingston, NY
Hal N Buch, MD, is a sought-after gastroenterologist in Kingston, New York with years of experience treating men and women with acid reflux. If you suffer from frequent heartburn that interrupts your sleep or productivity during the day, Dr. Buch and nurse practitioner Marisa Flanagan, FNP-BC can help. Call the office to set up a consultation or use the easy online scheduler to book now.
Acid Reflux Q & A
What is acid reflux?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is commonly referred to as acid reflux, a painful condition that affects about 20% of the population. It occurs when the sphincter muscle that closes after food passes from your esophagus to your stomach acid weakens and allows stomach acid to wash backward into your esophagus.
What are the symptoms of acid reflux?
Symptoms of acid reflux affect everyone differently and can be mild or severe. Some common signs you may have acid reflux are:
- Sour or bitter taste in your mouth
- Bad breath
- Upper abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Sore throat
Without treatment, acid reflux can cause a chronic cough, ulcers, laryngitis, or precancerous changes.
Who can get acid reflux?
Certain conditions increase your risk of getting acid reflux. Some of them are:
- Hiatal hernia
- Delayed stomach emptying
- Connective tissue disorder
If you have any of these conditions, you may be able to minimize their effects by not eating late at night, smoking, or eating acidic foods.
How is acid reflux diagnosed?
Dr. Buch meets with you to understand your health history and to discuss your symptoms. If your symptoms merit further testing, he uses an endoscope to perform an upper endoscopy with a Bravo test to measure the pH in your esophagus. A tiny capsule is affixed to your esophagus for 48-96 hours. The capsule collects and records the pH balance and sends the information to a receiver that you wear on your waistband. After the test, Dr. Buch analyzes the data to determine if you have acid reflux.
How is acid reflux treated?
The first defense against acid reflux is to make lifestyle changes like avoiding trigger foods, losing weight, and eating small meals. Dr. Buch may recommend over-the-counter medications or prescribe something that neutralizes the acid in your stomach.
In some cases, it may be best for him to strengthen the weakened sphincter muscle with a surgical procedure or medication.
Don’t suffer needlessly with acid reflux. Dr. Buch and his compassionate team are eager to help. Call the office or book an appointment online.