The most related cases of acid reflux surgeries, require an operation that will typically tighten the lower sphincter muscle of the esophagus (food pipe).
This specific muscle also called the muscle ring, prevents the stomach acid from backing up into the esophagus.
When the muscle is not working properly or does not close correctly, acid travels into the esophagus resulting in heartburn sensation.
Some people have a little bit of reflux and others have it all the way up.
The problem is that stomach acid could back so far up, that it could burn your throat, or it could go into your lungs causing asthma and coughing.
Gastroesophageal reflux is such a huge problem worldwide, especially in the United states, and a lot of people are either misinform or just don' t know what is acid reflux.
The stomach produces acid to brake down food so that it could continue the digestive process through the small intestines.
The problems starts to happen when acid is not at the right level of pH (acidity) in your stomach.
Either too much or too little production of stomach acid will result in digestive problems.
So the first thing doctors need to know is the level of pH your stomach produces.
The importance of the pH test is critical and unfortunately too many people are given medication without carrying out this examination.
Studies have shown, more than 50 to 60 % of people taking proton pump inhibitors are incorrectly diagnosed simply because a Ph level test has not been performed.
Example: if the result of your pH level indicated that your body is not producing enough acid, it would be illogical for your doctor to prescribe some type of medication like proton pump inhibitors, since these particular drugs will reduce even more the acid in your stomach.
There are several methods to measure your level of acidity in your stomach.
One of the most innovative technologies is called the acid reflux Bravo chip.
A doctor passes a tube through the mouth down to the stomach and places a little chip inside the lower part of the esophagus.
This amazing technology measures the level of pH (acidity) in your stomach for 48 hours providing doctors with accurate results for more precise and better diagnosis of patient needs.