What is reflux?
Reflux is when stomach contents or acid come up into the esophagus or throat. It can cause heartburn or chest pain but may be "silent" and not be felt by the patient at all. Reflux can lead to irritation of the esophagus, throat, and upper airway and can mimic asthma or heart problems. It can cause voice and swallowing problems. If untreated, it can contribute to cancer or precancers of the throat, vocal cords, or esophagus.
I already know that I have reflux. Why should I see Dr. Beaver?
Dr. Beaver can perform special tests to determine if your reflux is being adequately treated. One of the tests involves the Restech wireless pH detection system. This innovative test is minimally invasive, comfortable, and utilizes the latest Bluetooth technology. The report is available immediately after the testing period is completed for review and discussion. The device is super sensitive and can detect any abnormal acid events in the upper airway at a frequency unmatched by any other device.”
My doctor told me that my hoarseness was reflux. Why should I see Dr. Beaver for this?
Dr. Beaver may find another cause for your hoarseness that may require additional treatment.
Can reflux cause cancer?
Reflux that goes on for many years can lead to precancerous conditions or contribute to causing throat or esophageal cancer.
Does Dr. Beaver treat reflux?
Yes. Dr. Beaver can treat any reflux and can aid the gastroenterologist in assessing whether current treatment is adequate for the throat and vocal cord area.
Does Dr. Beaver treat GER?
Literature has supported findings of Gastro-esophageal reflux (GER) is a contributing factor in hoarseness and the development of vocal pathologies (Koufman etal. 1996; Toohill & Kuhn 1997).
Once diagnosed with GER, medical and behavioral management is recommended:
Dr. Beaver will perform appropriate diagnostic testing and may prescribe medication for your reflux or discuss if anti-reflux surgery may be an option.
- Avoid exercise after a meal
- Avoid heavy meals at night
- Wait three to four hours before lying down after eating or drinking
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
- Elevate the head of your bed with pillows or a wedge about six inches
- Decrease high acid foods and drink (citrus fruits, tomatoes)
- Decrease caffeine and carbonated beverages
- Decrease alcohol consumption
- Avoid spicy, high fatty and fried foods
- Talk to your physician about a weight program if you are overweight.