Richard Desi, M.D., an AmSurg Partner at the Maryland Endoscopy center, was quoted in the article “Alleviating GERD With Surgery: When to Talk to Your Doctor” on Quality Health’s website. Desi explains that people who take a daily medication to relieve heartburn symptoms may be a good candidate for surgery. He says the ideal patient is someone who is able to control symptoms with medication, but if they go off the medication, their symptoms will keep coming back.
“There are the rare people that have refractory symptoms and are willing to try something else because they can’t get their symptoms under control. I’d send them to a surgeon to see if it could possibly benefit them,” said Desi.