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Joanna Fazio
Director, Communications
Reston Hospital Center
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(Reston, VA—May 28, 2008) –How many times have you finished dinner only to deal with the stinging pain of heartburn through the evening? If the answer is “too many,” you may be one of 60 million Americans who experience frequent Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). GERD occurs when the acid in our stomach climbs up the esophagus and creates a burning sensation in the chest and throat. GERD isn’t just a disease of discomfort; left untreated it can lead to esophageal cancer.

The Comprehensive GI Center is the first in the Washington Metropolitan Region to offer a new method of minimally invasive anti-GERD surgery. The most recent advance in anti-GERD surgeries, TIF: Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication, is now being performed by Daniel Turgeon, MD and Karim Trad, MD, utilizing the EsophyX surgical device. EsophyX passed through the mouth into the stomach, with the guidance of an endoscope, or small flexible camera. The device has the ability to fix the “broken valve” connecting the esophagus and stomach, and help patients move on to a life without heartburn.

Patients facing GERD should seek the advice of a physician at the Comprehensive GI Center at Reston Hospital Center, where the most advanced diagnostics, including esophageal manometry and impedance studies, are available to determine severity of the reflux and decide what actions are necessary. While medications such as, Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), relieve most patients of the pain and discomfort associated with GERD, a recent study completed by the American Gastroenterological Association concluded that 40% of GERD patients taking PPIs experience recurring acid reflux symptoms, many of whom take over-the-counter antacids in addition to their prescription PPIs in the hopes of some relief. With the addition of EsophyX surgery, the Comprehensive GI Center is leading the region in helping patients with recurrent GERD symptoms overcome their frequent heartburn, with little time in the hospital and speedier recovery than standard open procedures.

EsophyX is the ultimate in minimally invasive surgery in that it is incisionless, which means no scars, less pain, and a faster recovery when compared to other surgical options. While the surgery will require an overnight hospital stay, the recovery is rapid and the procedure provides a much improved quality of life. Not only is EsophyX surgery less invasive, it is also more effective than traditional GERD options. A recent study demonstrated that 85% of patients remained off of daily PPIs and 75% of patients experienced total elimination of heartburn at one year after EsophyX surgery.

Since its founding in 1986, Reston Hospital Center -- a 187-bed, acute-care medical and surgical facility situated in Reston’s vibrant Town Center – has consistently served the Northern Virginia area with compassion, care and the newest medical technologies. Part of HCA, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services, Reston Hospital Center has garnered high honors for attentive patient care and nursing excellence, including the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (AACN) prestigious Magnet Recognition Program®, and AACN’s BEACON Award for Critical Care Excellence TM. Always highly attuned to the comfort and needs of its community, Reston Hospital Center blends the convenience of all private rooms, valet parking and an easily accessible suburban location with the personal assurance that only the most skilled and best trained medical and support staff can offer. Above all else, Reston Hospital Center is in constant pursuit of its mission: A Passion for Excellence. Compassion for You.

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