Are you among the 15 million Americans who suffer from Heartburn? One of the most recognized symptoms of Gastro-esophogeal Reflux Disease (GERD), Heartburn is typically described as a burning sensation occuring in the throat and neck. While several over the counter medications exist that may help the symptoms of Heartburn, they do not eliminate the cause.

Prolonged exposure of your esophagus to acid from the stomach can lead to chronic changes such as Barret's esophagus which is associated with cancer of the esophagus.

Gastro-esophageal Reflux can also cause hoarseness from laryngitis as well as  pulmonary complications such as asthma.

Medications such Nexium and Prilosec are often used to treat acid reflux. However, they are not successful in some patients. Surgery is an available option for these patients, those with moderately larger hiatal hernias, and when diet and lifestyle changes have not helped.

Losing weight  is also a key component of success in treating acid reflux.

Surgery to treat acid reflux and hiatal hernias is most commonly performed laparoscopically because it allows for improved visualization and faster recovery.