The UC Davis Reflux Clinic is a new, uniquely comprehensive service for patients who experience significant suffering due to reflux and are ready to take serious steps to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.
The program offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options for select patients with:
- Chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, a serious and long-lasting form of gastroesophageal reflux or acid indigestion/heartburn;
- Barrett's esophagus, a common and potentially serious complication of GERD that can lead to a rare but deadly cancer of the esophagus;
- Laryngopharyngeal reflux or LPR, caused by backflow of stomach contents into the throat. LPR is different from GERD, and does most of its damage in the larynx versus the esophagus.
The interdisciplinary, full-service clinic taps the expertise and collaboration of highly regarded UC Davis faculty experts in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat medicine), gastroenterology, bariatrics and nutrition. Working together, they offer patients a wide range of complementary lifestyle, medication and surgical treatment options, drawn from the latest scientific evidence and research advancements produced at UC Davis and across academic medicine.
Ideal candidates for the clinic typically experience significant suffering and/or danger from GERD or Barrett's esophagus that goes unrelieved by diet and behavioral modifications alone, or by common over-the-counter medications such as omeprazole and other proton pump inhibitor drugs. Candidates may also currently gain relief from such medications, but wish to reduce their dependence on them in order to reduce side effects.
Patients for the once-monthly clinic see a full complement of clinical experts during the course of one appointment, and enjoy highly coordinated care and follow-up support. Alternative treatment regimens offered through the clinic seek to reduce symptoms and damage from GERD and Barrett's while also helping to improve nutrition and overall health and well-being.