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    A Patient's Guide to GERD

    Last updated 3 days ago

    GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a digestive disorder in which the muscle at the end of the esophagus does not close all the way, allowing the contents of the stomach to leak back into the esophagus and cause irritation. The result is typically chronic heartburn that consistently occurs after eating, but there may be other symptoms as well. GERD may affect patients of all ages, and it can be the cause of more serious problems if left untreated. Here is a closer look at what you need to know about GERD.


    GERD occurs due to over-relaxation of the muscle that controls the opening of the esophagus and allows food to move to the stomach without letting stomach acid in. When the muscle is not closing properly, irritation takes place from the presence of stomach acid and enzymes that are not supposed to make contact with the esophageal tissue.


    In addition to heartburn, patients with GERD may experience sore throats, asthma-like symptoms, frequent swallowing, persistent cough, intolerance of certain foods, difficulty sleeping while lying down, or bloating. Symptoms are often worst just after eating, since the esophagus muscle is most active just after swallowing.

    Secondary Conditions

    If GERD is not treated, it may worsen and cause unwanted weight loss, choking, or vomiting of blood. Dysphagia may also develop, leading to difficulty swallowing or a feeling that food is trapped just behind the breast bone.


    There are many surgeries and medications that can treat GERD, though these often have significant side effects. The EsophyX TIF procedure is an alternative that can achieve the results of surgery without incisions.

    Orange Park Medical Center offers the EsophyX TIF procedure as a solution for patients with GERD. Patients who undergo this procedure can often return to normal activities within a few days. To learn about success stories with this procedure or find out about our other hospital services, visit our website or call us at (904) 297-3525.

    “If you have chronic heartburn consistently after eating it may be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Luckily, treatment options are available here at Orange Park Medical Center.

    Pediatric Inpatient Unit Open at Orange Park Medical Center

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Orange Park Medical Center’s Pediatric Inpatient Unit is now open, providing additional in-hospital care to the community’s smallest residents. The first
    patient was admitted on Wednesday, December 10th. This new dedicated unit comes on the heels of the opening of the Pediatric ER waiting room and 10 Pediatric ER treatment rooms.

    Located on the hospital’s second floor, the unit is filled with bright, cheerful décor and has eight private pediatric inpatient beds and two ICU beds close by. The secure unit is staffed 24 hours a day with specially trained Pediatricians, Pediatric Nurses and Pediatric Intensivists. Toys, books and games are available for patients to use in the rooms and a playroom allows for fun time between treatments. Visitation hours on the unit are twenty four hours a day. A parent may even spend the night with their child.

    Future components of Orange Park Medical Center’s children’s services include a dedicated Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) opening in early 2015 with four ICU beds and pediatric intensivists in the unit twenty four hours a day.

    “Our goal is to provide the best care possible for children and right here in this community so people don’t have to go outside the county for their children’s needs,” said Elaine Smith, Director of Pediatrics. “The opening of our Pediatric Inpatient Unit will allow us to care for children throughout their development and we are excited about this incredible new program.”

    The full range of pediatric care is available for children ages newborn to 17 along with on-site access to an award-winning medical center, top specialists in traumatic and sports injuries, and complements Orange Park Medical Center’s maternity services and level 2 NICU. Highly skilled pediatric emergency physicians and nurses are available on-site twenty four hours a day in the Pediatric ER.

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    A Look At The North Florida Advanced Robotics Institute

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Our North Florida Advanced Robotics Institute uses cutting edge technology and a team approach to treat multiple conditions. Dr. John Brinkman & Dr. Roland Powers discuss this in-depth on the First Coast News First Coast Living show. 

    Spotlight on EsophyX

    Last updated 1 month ago

    EsophyX TIF—or transoral incisionless fundoplication—is a procedure performed to address the anatomical cause of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. This incision-free procedure allows chronic GERD sufferers to say goodbye to concerns over the long-term effects of their condition and the medications needed to manage it.                            

    During the EsophyX procedure, which is performed endoscopically, a device is passed into the esophagus to repair the flap that is supposed to prevent stomach acid from entering the esophagus. After the procedure, 79 percent of people were able to stop taking their medications, and 70 percent reported that their GERD was completely gone two years later.

    Orange Park Medical Center is pleased to offer this cutting-edge procedure to our patients. We’re committed to providing our patients with the very latest advances in treatments, from robotic surgery to comprehensive heart care, for all of their medical needs. Get answers to your questions about our hospital services by calling (904) 297-3525 today.

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