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5 Signs You Need to Visit Your Gastroenterologist ASAP

Posted by Anthony A. Starpoli, MD on Dec 17, 2019 11:31:40 PM

Your gastrointestinal system is extremely important to your overall health and well being. This can be accompanied by obesity, which is a risk factor for several conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

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diarrhea, rectal bleeding, gluten, Probiotics, healthy gut, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, heartburn, bowel difficulties, colonoscopy, GI Doctor

Incisionless Anti-reflux Therapy: a chance to stop your reflux drugs.

Posted by Anthony A. Starpoli, MD on Jun 5, 2019 10:54:02 AM

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a life-affecting condition that affects as many as 20% of the population. Given the prevalence of GERD, the quest for suitable treatment methods has been a relentless one— but often to little effect.

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Obesity, Reflux, fundoplication, atypical reflux, heartburn, EsophyX, incisionless surgery, GERD Awareness Week

Concerns about PPI Therapy For GERD

Posted by Anthony A. Starpoli, MD on Jul 28, 2018 9:02:24 PM

Acid reflux, generally stated as Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), affecting around one-third of the American population. This disorder arises when the uppermost portion of the digestive region is not working accurately, causing stomach contents to move back into the esophagus. The most common symptoms of this disease is heartburn, the sensation of liquid or food coming up into the throat and a sour taste. The most effective therapy for relieving the symptoms of GERD is proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as lansoprazole, esomeprazole, and omeprazole. This is a class of medications which have emerged as the most effective therapy, improving life quality, healing and preventing the damage to the esophagus (1). PPIs work by obstructing an enzyme in the lining of the stomach which is essential for acid secretion. Side effects which some patients report comprise a headache, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and nausea. They usually resolve on their own and patients can usually carry on taking their PPI medication (2). A different, incisionless, transoral endoscopic treatment has been developed to help correct the mechanical flaws of the valve between the lower esophagus and stomach that cause GERD.

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acid reflux, heartburn, EsophyX

Chronic Heartburn May Raise Odds for Throat Cancer: Study

Posted by Rachel Jones on Jun 19, 2013 11:09:00 AM

HealthDay reports 78% increased risk of cancer in GERD patients, but simple antacids appear to lower the risk, researchers report

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GERD, heartburn, esophageal cancer

Refluxology: The Study of GERD

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Jul 21, 2012 11:36:00 AM

So, you think you have acid reflux?  What is acid reflux?  Why is it called acid reflux?

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Obesity, GERD, atypical reflux, nonacid reflux, heartburn, EsophyX, incisionless surgery, Barrett's Esophagus

New Surgical Therapy for GERD: The LINX Magnetic Bracelet

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Apr 23, 2012 9:27:00 AM

A new laparoscopic therapy for reflux has been recently approved for the treat of reflux.  The procedure requires laparoscopic surgery (small incisions in the abdomen) in order to place this new device at the level of the lower esophageal sphincter.  Certain limitations will occur as the result of this procedure as will be discussed.

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Reflux, hiatal hernia, TIF, LINX, GERD, atypical reflux, heartburn, EsophyX, Barrett's Esophagus

Hybrid GERD Surgery Performed at NYU Langone Medical Center

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Oct 14, 2011 11:40:00 AM

On September 7th and October 13th, 2011, the first two combined laparoscopic and transoral antireflux procedures were performed at the New York Univerisity Langone Medical Center in New York City.

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Reflux, hiatal hernia, TIF, fundoplication, GERD, LPR, atypical reflux, heartburn, EsophyX, Barrett's Esophagus

Doctor Radio-SIRIUSXM and NYU Features Dr. Starpoli and TIF

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Jun 21, 2011 7:47:00 AM


Today Dr. Starpoli will be hosted on the Doctor Radio show to discuss GERD and transoral incisionless fundoplication with EsophyX.  This procedure serves as an alternative to chronic, long-term drug therapy that millions of people world-wide must take to control their reflux.  Given new information on the perils of long-term drug therapy for reflux, antireflux surgery is being more considered every day.

Doctor Radio is a groundbreaking 24/7 national radio channel featuring live,

call-in shows hosted by leading NYU Langone Medical Center doctors from a vast

array of fields including: child psychology and psychiatry; sexual health;

plastic surgery; emergency room medicine; cancer; heart health; women's health;

dermatology; pediatrics; men's health; diet and nutrition; sports medicine;

psychiatry; and more.


SIRIUSXM and NYU have built a state-of-the-art broadcasting studio

in the lobby of the Manhattan-based NYU Langone Medical Center, bringing

listeners right into the middle of the medical world.

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TIF, doctor radio, GERD, atypical reflux, heartburn, EsophyX, Barrett's Esophagus

Long Term Use of PPI Drugs to Treat Heartburn May Deplete Magnesium

Posted by Rachel Jones on Mar 29, 2011 12:05:00 PM

Over the last few years, new studies have been released that indicate that the long-term use of PPI drugs to treat GERD may be detrimental to some patients. Most recently, the FDA warned that long-term use of PPI’s can be linked to magnesium depletion. See below:

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GERD, heartburn, EsophyX

Which wines are better choices if I have acid reflux or GERD?

Posted by Anthony A. Starpoli, MD on Feb 23, 2011 11:35:00 AM
If you have been diagnosed with GERD, you probably have many questions about your diet moving forward. Patients often wonder if they can still eat and drink the foods they enjoy, or if this diagnosis will greatly impact their quality of life. One question that often comes up is if a patient can still drink wine after being diagnosed with reflux. While the answer is basically patient specific, we came across this article which addresses that very question. We hope that you find it helpful.

Which wines are better choices if I have acid reflux?

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Reflux, wine, GERD, heartburn