Treatments for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn
by Rick Alan
The treatment and management of GERD or heartburn involves lifestyle changes and medications. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
The goals of treatment include:
Treatment may involve the following:
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Last reviewed March 2014 by Daus Mahnke, MD