June’s Lunch and Learn session will address a problem that has millions of adults burning for a solution daily – heartburn. The session will be today at McMinnville Civic Center from noon to 1 p.m.
According to local general surgeon William Bradford Brock, M.D., 10 to 15 percent of the adult population suffers from daily GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
Anyone can suffer from mild and occasional heartburn if they overeat acidic or spicy foods. If they suffer from chronic heartburn that occurs two or more times a week, they may have GERD.
Brock will be the guest speaker for this month’s session. He will be offering insight into maintaining quality of life, non-surgical options and surgical options for individuals suffering from regular heartburn, which is a symptom of acid reflux and GERD.
Many people have different acid reflux-related triggers, including certain foods, medications, obesity or even stress. Knowing the triggers may help some people in preventing the problem. For others, there are medications and surgical intervention.
When it comes to surgical options, TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) surgery is the latest advancement in treatment. The result is the effective elimination of GERD.
TIF is a procedure which requires no incision and is performed safely, quickly and with minimal patient downtime. Performed with the patient under general anesthesia, a EsophX device is introduced into the body through the mouth and used to fasten several tissue folds, or plications, to create a robust antireflux valve at the gastroesophageal junction.
Studies have found approximately 80 percent of people who undergo the procedure are able to come off their medications completely.
Lunch and Learn sessions on different topics are held every other month at McMinnville Civic Center. Sessions are free and sponsored by the city of McMinnville through Parks and Recreation, so bring a lunch and learn.
For more information, contact Kristie Sanders at 473-1212.