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Porter offering new "reflux" treatment

MIDDLEBURY - Dr. Carl Petri, a general surgeon at Porter Hospital, is now offering a new, less invasive surgical treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) using a recently acquired surgical device and innovative technique that does not require an incision.

According to Petri, because the procedure does not require an incision, there is reduced pain for the patient, shorter recovery time and no visible scar. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly referred to as "acid reflux", is often treated with medications which can relieve patients' heartburn symptoms, but which do not solve the underlying anatomical problems that cause the discomfort, or prevent further disease progression. According to Petri, the new procedure creates a valve between the stomach and esophagus, which restores the natural physiological anatomy to prevent the reflux.

"GERD is a very common condition, and this new technique can significantly improve quality of life for our patients," said Dr. Petri. "Many reflux patients are unable to drink carbonated or caffeinated beverages or eat rich foods or fruit without triggering reflux. They also sleep sitting up to reduce nighttime reflux. After this procedure, most patients should be able to eat and drink foods they avoided for many years."

Additionally, Dr. Petri points to recent clinical studies showing that this procedure can reduce a patients' dependency on medications, with 70 percent of patients remaining symptom free after two years.

"My belief is that this new procedure will produce significant benefits for a persons quality of life, potentially eliminate the need for acid reflux medications and do so via a minimally invasion technique and without even a small incision", Petri said.

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