Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is also commonly known as heartburn. It affects up to 60 million Americans and can significantly alter one's quality of life.
GERD can also lead to other health complications, including bleeding, swallowing difficulties, worsening of asthma and even esophageal cancer.
The good news is that there are several ways GERD can be treated. Surgery can provide long-term relief from symptoms, while new endoscopic techniques can be used to treat GERD in a less invasive way.
Join UC Irvine Health Gastroenterologist Dr. Jason Samarasena as he talks about why GERD develops, how it can be treated and who needs further evaluation for possible complications.