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Heartburn and indigestion are very common symptoms caused by a disorder known as GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).
GERD affects nearly 30 million Americans and, when left untreated, can cause serious problems such as ulcers and bleeding.
Over time, with repeated exposure to stomach acid, the cells of the esophagus change and may even lead to cancer.
Studies show that GERD can aggravate, or even cause, asthma, pulmonary disorders, and chronic cough, chronic sore throats and hoarseness. Over-the-counter remedies can mask the symptoms and provide temporary relieve; however, damage to the esophagus can continue and worsen.
GERD occurs when the bottom sphincter muscle of the esophagus (the tube that carries food to your stomach) doesn't close properly, allowing some of the contents of the stomach to reflux and leak back into the esophagus. When stomach acid is washed back into the esophagus it can cause a burning sensation in the chest or throat, cough, chest pain and bad breath.
Our Heartburn Treatment Center is located inside the Outpatient Department, a 50,000 square-foot facility serving approximately 4,000 patients on a monthly basis from Rutherford and surrounding counties.
The lobby of the wing is named in memory of the late Dr. Stewart L. Mooring and the beautifully decorated outpatient care area offers eighteen softly lit, private rooms with an at-home atmosphere.
The 18,000 square-foot surgery department houses five operating rooms and a recovery room.
A waiting room, which is furnished by contributions from the Rutherford Regional Auxiliary, is conveniently located nearby for those waiting while their loved one is in surgery.