Recommendations for Treating GERD

1. For mild symptoms:
    a. Avoid chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, fried and fatty foods (i.e. dairy/meats).
    b. Use antacids (Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, Zantac, Tagament, etc).
    c. Avoid late meals or lying down in bed within 3 hours of eating.
    d. Elevate the head of the bed with a foam wedge or 6” cinderblocks under the head bedposts.

2. Severe symptoms:
    a. See your doctor for stronger medications and endoscopy (if warranted).

3. Anti-reflux surgery has not been very successful and is not generally recommended, except for rare cases.

4. Newer Endoscopic Anti-reflux surgeries (i.e. Stratta, Enterix) have not been uniformly helpful, and we do not advocate such procedures.