Q and A with Willis Parsons, M.D.
One in five adults in the U.S. experiences heartburn or acid reflux due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). NCH Gastroenterologist Willis Parsons,
M.D., weighs in on these uncomfortable and common conditions and the latest treatments available at NCH.
Should I be worried if I have heartburn?
“Heartburn, difficulty swallowing, a cough, or the sensation of food getting stuck in your chest may be signs of GERD. A little heartburn is normal, but it
can also lead to more serious conditions, like Barrett’s esophagus and even cancer. See your doctor if you have frequent symptoms.”
How do you treat GERD?
“We are using some of the latest technologies, including LINX and Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication or TIF. With LINX, a small, flexible necklace of
magnetic beads is used to control reflux. Most patients who undergo LINX can stop taking medications and experience no reflux. TIF is a procedure where a
device is used to create a valve that prevents reflux. It involves no incisions and can completely eliminate GERD in certain patients.”