(NANTES, France) -- Chronic gastroesopageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when acidic contents within the stomach wash up into the esophagus, taking a toll on quality of life for the millions of Americans who have it.
New research found, however, that surgery and medications can be successful at treating the symptoms of chronic reflux. Researchers in France say that laparoscopic surgical fixes and proton pump inhibitor drugs such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid present "dramatic improvement" in treatment results for patients.
The study, to be published in the May 18th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, did not find a significant difference between the medication and surgical treatments. The researchers noted that five years after treatment, 85 percent of the patients who had undergone surgery experienced GERD remission while 92 percent of patients taking Nexium were also in remission.
The study authors also found that only about 29 percent of those who had surgery and 24 percent of those on the medication experience adverse side effects.
These findings lead the authors to conclude that both medication and surgery are successful in treating GERD, and one's choice of therapy can be a personal decision.
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