November 29, 2006 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication Surgery; the Standard Surgical Treatment for GERD Strengthens the Sphincter and Prevents Acid Reflux

Live Webcast: From Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center: November 29, 2006 at 6:00 PM CST (November 30, 2006 at 00:00 UTC)

BATON ROUGE, LA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 29, 2006 -- Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center will broadcast a Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication Surgery live over the internet on Wednesday, November 29, 6:00 PM Central time.

Laparoscopic nissen fundoplication is a minimally invasive procedure to correct gastroesophagel reflux disease (GERD). This procedure alleviates chronic heartburn in people whose condition cannot be controlled by either lifestyle changes or medication. Symptoms include a burning sensation from the chest to the throat which is caused by severe gastroesophageal reflux due to a weak valve muscle between the stomach and the esophagus.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close properly and stomach contents leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus. The LES is a ring of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that acts like a valve between the esophagus and stomach. The esophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach.

When refluxed stomach acid touches the lining of the esophagus, it causes a burning sensation in the chest or throat called heartburn. The fluid may even be tasted in the back of the mouth and this is called acid indigestion. Occasional heartburn is common but does not necessarily mean one has GERD. Heartburn that occurs more than twice a week may be considered GERD and it can eventually lead to more serious health problems.

Anyone, including infants, children and pregnant women, can have GERD. The main symptoms are persistent heartburn and acid regurgitation; however some people have GERD without heartburn. Instead, they experience pain in the chest, hoarseness in the morning, or trouble swallowing. Other symptoms include the feeling that food is caught in the throat, the feeling of choking or a tight throat. GERD can also cause a dry cough and bad breath.

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