Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when acid and other contents of the stomach flow back up into the esophagus, the tube that carries food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach. This acid reflux can cause heartburn, a sore throat, chest pain, and other symptoms. GERD is a relatively common condition that affects each person differently. Symptoms may range from mild to severe. If not treated, chronic acid reflux can injure the esophagus and, in some people, progress to a precancerous condition known as Barrett’s esophagus.
At NYU Langone’s Center for Esophageal Disease, our doctors use highly specialized diagnostic tests to detect the presence of GERD. With this information, they can decide on the most effective course of treatment for you.
NYU Langone doctors often recommend managing GERD with a combination of medication and lifestyle changes. If symptoms persist or are severe, our specialists can perform innovative endoscopic and surgical procedures that provide long-term symptom relief.