Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)

Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as GORD, is a condition which sees the reflux of gastric fluids and contents, including bile, acid, and pepsin, back into the oesophagus.

Symptoms include heartburn and acid regurgitation, and it is often a chronic condition which can debilitating and significantly impact a patient’s quality of life.

Other symptoms of GORD can include asthma, dental erosion, chest pain, hoarseness, coughs and wheezing, though most of these are less common. It can be a painful condition to live with but there are treatment options available as Dr Rehan Haidry has experience in treating patients with the condition.

Dr Haidry was the first Endoscopist to Introduce the Tarns-oral incisionless fundipication 2.0 to Europe and the UK for patients with GORD.

Treating and Managing GORD

GORD is usually treated through managing the symptoms, though there are drug treatments.

Complications of the disease include ulceration, gastrointestinal bleeding, anaemia due to blood loss and aspiration pneumonia so keeping the symptoms as manageable as possible is really important.

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Non-Drug Treatment for GORD

Before considering drug treatment, patients may be asked to consider lifestyle changes to minimise the impact of GORD. Healthy eating, weight loss, avoiding trigger foods and eating smaller meals may be recommended to minimise the impact of symptoms.

Cutting back on alcohol consumption and smoking cessation are also recommendations for patients with GORD. Patients who live with stress or anxiety conditions may feel these exacerbate symptoms so further investigation in this area is also possible if the patient requires it.

Drug Treatment for GORD

There are a number of drug treatments which can exacerbate or even cause the symptoms of GORD including:

  • Antacids (Gaviscon, renees, petac)

  • Proton pump inhibitors

  • H2 receptor antagonists

Your medication and prescriptions will be reviewed, and the lowest effective does of drugs which exacerbate GORD will be suggested or stopping altogether if possible. Traditional gastrointestinal medicines such as antacids and alginates may be recommended to protect the stomach and oesophagus from stomach acid too.

If the symptoms of GORD are severe or cannot be managed then it is possible to consider a Proton-pump Inhibitor (PPI). This works by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach and will be monitored regularly. Some patients require long-term PPIs whereas others may only need the treatment for a short time to rid them of their symptoms.

Dr Rehan Haidry also offers Bravo pH testing which helps in the diagnosis of GORD and can be explored in depth in our treatments section.

GORD Diagnosis and Treatment

Dr Rehan Haidry is an experienced Consultant Gastroenterologist and interventional endoscopist, with considerable experience in working with and treating patients with GORD. The range of therapies, treatments and options available to you will be discussed and you will be able to make an informed and confident decision about the next steps in your treatment.

In addition to medical thepray for GORD, Dr Haidry is the only doctor who offers endoscopic fundoplication in the UK and has pioneered it’s introduction to the care of clinical patients with GORD. Please read more in the treatments section as to what this entails.

 

To make an enquiry or appointment please contact Dr Rehan Haidry's secretary