How often do you suffer from heartburn?

When the burning happens more than twice a week, it can indicate a more serious problem—Acid Reflux Disease. You’re not alone. Every day, as many as 15 million Americans experience heartburn or chronic acid reflux.

Reflux disease is caused when the valve at the top of your stomach no longer closes properly. This allows the acid in your stomach to reflux, or flow back up your throat. The acid, while in your throat, causes the common symptoms of heartburn. It can also cause difficulties swallowing, hoarseness, a persistent cough, swelling, burning, and even sleeping problems.

In this video, you will see how our surgeons are able to provide relief from acid reflux by reconstructing the barrier between the stomach and throat, which prevents acid reflux.


However, if acid reflux occurs frequently, or is accompanied by other symptoms, it could potentially be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)—a disease that affects one in five adults in the United States.

GERD is caused by a weak valve that allows acid, bile and stomach contents to flow back from the stomach into the esophagus, creating pain (heartburn) and can often cause damage to the lining of the esophagus. Heartburn is the most common symptom, but not the only one. Some GERD sufferers experience other symptoms, such as:

  • Asthma
  • Bad breath
  • Hoarseness
  • Persistent cough
  • Sleep disruption
  • Tooth erosion
  • Vomiting

GERD is a serious disease that can impact every aspect of a person’s life, but there are treatments. Additionally, it’s important to speak with one of our specialists about chronic acid reflux, which can lead to a condition called Barrett’s esophagus—a precancerous condition that increases one’s risk to develop cancer of the esophagus.

In the video below, you can see how this new procedure is helping people who suffer from GERD.


Get Treated Today!

Bingham Memorial Hospital offers a new solution for heartburn sufferers. We have two general surgeons who specialize in heartburn, acid reflux, and GERD.

W. Kurt Birkenhagen, MD: focuses on conditions like Barrett’s esophagus, a condition marked by a breakdown in the lining of the esophagus.  He has offices in Blackfoot and Pocatello. You can schedule a consultation by calling (208) 239-8008.

Lisa A. Medvetz, MD, FACS

Heartburn no longer has to control your life. No more pills. No more pain.