Acid Reflux (GERD)

If you suffer from heartburn, regurgitation, noncardiac chest pain, frequent coughing, asthma, or hoarseness, you may have acid reflux. Acid reflux often happens after a meal, when the contents of your stomach go back up into the food pipe or esophagus.

At Mount Sinai, our doctors have specialized expertise in the management of acid reflux and the treatment of its complications. Studies suggest that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), most commonly referred to as acid reflux, affects about 20 percent of Americans, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. As a leading center for diagnosis and treatment of digestive disease, Mount Sinai is a destination for care not only for New Yorkers but for patients across the country.

We take a multidisciplinary approach to treating acid reflux. Our digestive disease specialists coordinate with physicians in other Mount Sinai practices, such as Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine Associates, and Ear, Nose and Throat Associates. By working in collaboration with a range of specialists, we can quickly diagnose and treat reflux diseases affecting the throat, including the larynx and esophagus.

Testing and Diagnosis

We use esophageal motility testing to diagnose and evaluate acid reflux. Esophageal motility testing determines how well your esophageal muscles are working.

In one such test, esophageal manometry, we measure the pressure inside your esophagus by passing a thin, pressure-sensitive tube through your mouth or nose and into your stomach. Once we have the tube inside your esophagus, we ask you to swallow. We then measure the pressure inside your esophagus at several points.

Another test we use to determine whether you have acid reflux is an esophageal pH test.

We now offer wireless, 48-hour pH monitoring. pH monitoring is considered the gold standard for pH measurement and monitoring of acid reflux. The wireless capabilities allow you to adhere to your regular diet and activities.

We Can Help

Please call us to learn how we can help you or a loved one. We are conveniently located on the Upper East Side of New York City.