Managing GERD can help reduce the chance of permanent damage to the esophagus. It can also help reduce symptoms that cause discomfort and interfere with day to day activities. The goals of treatment include:
Generally, GERD can be managed with a combination of medications, lifestyle changes, and in severe cases, surgery. If you have other conditions that contribute to GERD, they will need to be managed as well.
Treatment for GERD involves the following:
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Last reviewed June 2016 by Daus Mahnke, MD
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