The Doctors TV program to discuss severe acid reflux with UC Irvine Health GI expert

May 02, 2014

Set your DVRs: UC Irvine Health gastroenterologist Dr. Kenneth Chang appears on "The Doctors" TV show on Tuesday, May 6, to discuss a new treatment for severe acid reflux. The program airs at 11 a.m. on KCAL/9.

After years of suffering from severe acid reflux, 29-year old Jenny Goudeau turned to the H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center (CDDC) for an answer. Dr. William Karnes diagnosed the chronic inflammation of her esophagus.

When medication failed to provide relief, Chang, chief of the UC Irvine Health Division of Gastroenterology and director of the CDDC, performed a Stretta® procedure to cure Goudeau’s gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which was caused by a weakness in the lower esophageal sphincter.

“Stretta uses radiofrequency energy, delivered through a special catheter, to heat and tighten the muscle,” Chang explained. “It's a minimally invasive alternative to major GERD surgery.”

Five months after her procedure, Goudeau’s symptoms disappeared. She’s not the only one to benefit recently from this UC Irvine Health expertise.

For 12 years, Jessica Deutchman suffered from daily episodes of acid reflux and vomiting. Severely malnourished and increasingly withdrawn as a result of her illness, Deutchman and her family visited a number of doctors but got few answers.

The Chapman University student finally found relief from her severe acid reflux with Karnes and Chang, who diagnosed and fixed her problem with the Stretta procedure.

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