August 03, 2009
Hospital offers new procedure for chronic heartburn sufferers
Bolingbrook – Chronic heartburn could become a thing of the past for patients at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, which now offers a new, incisionless procedure to address the serious and uncomfortable disease. Drs. Kamran Ayub, a gastroenterologist, and Vafa Shayani, general surgeon, will talk about the procedure and answer questions in a free seminar at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.
Heartburn, also known as acid reflux, affects an estimated 20 percent of Americans on a regular basis. Chronic sufferers often experience symptoms such as a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and persistent coughs. If left untreated, constant heartburn can cause permanent damage to the esophagus.
One new treatment, transoral incisionless fundoplication, replicates the results of surgery without the need for surgical incisions. The endoscopic technique involves the suturing of the stomach and esophagus to reduce acid reflux.
To register for the free seminar or for more information, call (630) 856-7525.