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GERD and Esophageal Disorders

For people with conditions affecting the esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach), simply eating a meal can trigger uncomfortable symptoms. At Henry Ford Health System, our gastrointestinal team of experienced physicians and highly trained nurses have specialized expertise in treating any type of esophageal disorder.

What is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

GERD, a common esophageal disorder, develops when the lower esophageal sphincter (a muscle at the end of your esophagus) does not properly close. This problem allows the stomach’s contents to back up into the esophagus. Because the esophagus doesn’t have the same lining as the stomach to protect against acid, GERD can irritate the esophagus, causing pain. If left untreated, GERD can lead to more serious conditions like Barrett’s esophagus.

The backflow, or reflux, can also lead to erosive esophagitis, which is inflammation, irritation or swelling in esophagus caused by acid. Like GERD, erosive esophagitis can lead to further complications if left untreated.

Treatment for GERD at Henry Ford

The physicians, nurses and other clinical staff at Henry Ford are experts in diagnosing and treating GERD and other esophageal disorders. Our team includes:

  • Gastroenterologists
  • Specialty-trained registered nurses
  • Registered dietitians
  • Imaging technologists
  • Surgeons

Learn more about our specialized care for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) at Henry Ford.

Expertise in treatment for Barrett’s esophagus

At Henry Ford, we are experts in treating Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous condition caused by chronic exposure to stomach acid.

We offer the latest and most advanced treatment options, including the BARRx system, tailored specifically to your needs. Our team works with you in case adjustments in your eating habits may help relieve your symptoms.

Learn more about Barrett’s esophagus and how we use the BARRx system at Henry Ford.