Acid Reflux Specialist

Jason  H. Kim, MD, FACS -  - Otolaryngology

Jason H. Kim, MD, FACS

Otolaryngology & Ear Nose and Throat Specialist Orange County, CA

Approximately 20% of American adults have GERD — a severe form of acid reflux disease. If you experience unpleasant symptoms like heartburn and a raspy feeling in your throat, Jason H. Kim, MD, a board-certified otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon in Fullerton, California, offers solutions for long-term relief. Leaving chronic acid reflux untreated can lead to serious health complications, so it’s a good idea to seek the help of an expert. Call the office to schedule an exam or book online to take the first step toward getting your acid reflux under control.

Acid Reflux Q & A

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux a condition in which the liquid contents of your stomach flow upward into your esophagus. You may experience occasional acid reflux as a sour taste at the back of your throat or a burning sensation in your chest. Acid reflux often occurs as a result of diet and lifestyle, and it’s common during pregnancy.

When you experience acid reflux more than occasionally, it becomes a more severe and chronic condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Left untreated, the repeated reflux of liquid and acid from your stomach can damage the lining of your esophagus. GERD is a chronic condition that typically requires ongoing treatment to manage symptoms.

What causes acid reflux and GERD?

The cause of acid reflux and GERD is usually a number of conditions that lead to acid backup in your throat. Some contributing factors include:

  • Abnormal esophageal contractions
  • Functional issues with your lower esophageal sphincter
  • Hiatal hernia
  • A stomach that is slow to empty
  • Foods that trigger symptoms

In some cases, making changes to your diet and lifestyle, such as eating smaller meals, can reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of acid reflux and GERD.

What are the symptoms of acid reflux?

Symptoms of acid reflux vary in severity and duration, but many people experience one or more of the following:

  • Coughing or wheezing from stomach acid getting into your lungs
  • Sore throat and hoarseness after meals
  • Nausea after meals
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chest pain, especially after a big meal
  • Pain that gets worse when you lie down
  • Extreme heartburn

When you make an appointment with Dr. Kim, he discusses your eating habits, foods that may trigger symptoms or make them worse, and treatments to reduce the damage of repeated stomach acid in your esophagus.

How does an otolaryngologist treat acid reflux?

Your treatment for acid reflux depends on the underlying cause. After Dr. Kim conducts a comprehensive evaluation of your physical health, symptoms, and medical history, he prescribes a customized treatment plan that may include changing your diet and taking medications like antacids.

In cases of severe GERD, he may recommend surgery. Dr. Kim specializes in laparoscopic and robotic procedures, so if you do need surgery, you may be a good candidate for these minimally invasive methods of surgery.

When the complications from acid reflux regularly interfere with your health and well-being, it may be time to visit a medical professional. If you live in Fullerton, California, or in Orange County, call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool.