If acid reflux is keeping you up at night, the doctors at NCH can help you rest easy.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) affects up to:
If you experience any of these symptoms regularly, you may have GERD.
Heartburn or chest pain
Food feels stuck in your chest or nausea after a meal
A proper diagnosis is key to determining the right treatment for you. These are proven techniques to correctly identify if you have GERD.
Examines the lining of the esophagus and stomach and a portion of the upper intestine.
Measures how the muscles in your esophagus contract when you swallow.
Technology used during an EGD to examine the esophagus and determine if precancerous cells are present.
A 48-hour test that uses a capsule attached to your esophagus to measure the pH in your esophagus.
Involves swallowing a barium solution and using X-ray technology to see how your esophagus functions when you swallow.
Treatment options include:
NCH has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as being high performing in gastroenterology and GI surgery for 2018 through 2019. We’re also among the top 5 percent for GI Care in the nation in 2019, and have earned the Healthgrades® Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ in 2017 and 2018. You can trust our nationally recognized GI experts to deliver
Dr. Parsons is Medical Director of the GI Center at NCH. He specializes in advanced GI endoscopic procedures, including newer treatments for GERD such as transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF). Dr. Parsons completed his residency and fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is also the Director of the Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy, located in the Busse Center building on NCH’s campus.
Dr. Barnett is a general surgeon with the NCH Medical Group. He performs LINX reflux and laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair procedures. Dr. Barnett earned his medical degree from Loyola University, where he also completed his internship and residency.
Martina Santiago is the patient nurse practitioner / navigator for the NCH Acid Reflux Center. As part of her role, she educates patients on the disease process of GERD and helps them better understand their symptoms and condition. She also explains the various tests, treatments and surgeries available. Ms. Santiago has an extensive background in esophageal disorders including GERD. She received her doctor of nursing practice degree from Rush University, with a specialty in families.
Dr. Rao is Medical Director, Surgical Services at NCH and a general surgeon with the NCH Medical Group. He earned his medical degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City. Dr. Rao completed his internship and residency at Loyola University.
Dr. Aki is a general surgeon with the NCH Medical Group. He earned his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Aki completed his internship and residency at University of Illinois.
Dr. Conway is a general surgeon with the NCH Medical Group. He earned his medical degree from Loyola University, where he also completed his internship and residency.
Dr. Pae is a general surgeon with the NCH Medical Group. He earned his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School and completed his internship and residency at Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, Connecticut.
Millions of people are affected by GERD, but there are options to help you feel better in no time. Here are some stories of others who have have received care from our expert team.
Scott had heartburn for as long as he can remember. He started taking medications 20 years ago after being diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and acid reflux. Concerned about the long-term effects of medication, he consulted with NCH. Read Scott’s Story >
His teeth were rotting and he couldn’t eat anything spicy. Jakub now enjoys burritos, thanks to a simple procedure that put an end to acid reflux and other GERD symptoms. Read Jakub’s Story >
A non-surgical procedure helped Nancy get rid of GERD―and get off of PPI medication for good. Read Nancy’s Story >