In this health video learn about a new kind of surgery for acid reflux, with quicker recovery and not one single incision.
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Jennifer Matthews: Fifty-four-year old Ron Caligure has always been active, despite the fact that for 20 years, this middle school gym teacher has suffered from acid reflux. Ron Caligure: It got to the point I'd cough and throw the food up. Jennifer Matthews: Ron's symptoms went from bad to worse. He started getting dizzy, even passed out. Then he decided he needed more than antacids. Ron is one of 14-million Americans who suffer from acid reflux disease. That's when the barrier between the esophagus and stomach stops working and stomach acid pours back up into the esophagus, inflaming it. The FDA has just approved a new surgery for acid reflux. Patients don't even have to go under the knife! Instead, surgeons use a device called the EsophyX, snaking it down the patient's throat. Jennifer Matthews: We see it as surgery, except that it is surgery performed from within so everything is placed through the mouth down into the esophagus. Jennifer Matthews: The surgeon recreates the barrier between the esophagus and the stomach. A camera, attached to the EsophyX, lets the surgeon see what he's doing. Dr. Jobe: And it comes out on the very end here and hooks looks back on itself like a candy cane. Jennifer Matthews: Ron Caligure was the first patient in the US to have this surgery. After a few weeks of R and R, he's back coaching and feeling great. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.