Dr. Madan Among Other Doctors Point to Links Between Acid Reflux, Esophageal Cancer,and Obesity, as They See an Increase in the Number of Patients Affected by Acid Reflux

Share Article

Heartburn has more long-term effects than previously supposed, including esophagitis and esophageal cancer. Dr. Madan reviews studies showing a link between increased weight and heartburn, and suggests that qualified candidates consider the LAP-BAND® system for long-term weight loss.

Dr. Madan describes various types of available weight loss surgeries, and suggests the LAP-BAND® system may have distinct advantages to other methods, based on this and other studies.

Obesity can lead to many health issues. Along with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease that are regularly linked with obesity, studies are beginning to show that heartburn can have serious consequences. The proper term for what is known as 'heartburn' is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and the actual acid backwash isn't always dealt with by medication. A recent Wall Street Journal article indicates that new strains of GERD are resistant to medication, and seem to be rising at the same rate as increased obesity rates. Bariatric surgeon Dr. Madan points out some similarities in recent studies that show a link between weight increase and heartburn. He suggests that those suffering from chronic heartburn who have not experienced success with traditional weight loss systems, with BMI's of 35 to 40, consider the LAP-BAND® system for long-term weight loss.

The Wall Street Journal article, "Why Your Heartburn Drugs Don't Work", indicated that over 40% of Americans report experiencing monthly acid reflux symptoms, and 7% have daily heartburn, which usually means GERD. However, current medications addressing heartburn, such as proton-pump inhibitors (PPI), don't seem to be taking away the pain for nearly 50% of GERD sufferers. PPIs are available by prescription, since they are much stronger than over-the-counter medication, but half of the $14 billion for 113 million annual prescriptions seems to be wasted money. Dr. Madan affirms the article's finding that a "when patients who were overweight or obese lost weight, they had a reduction in symptoms".

A Norway study of 30,000 people found the same, showing a 47% increase in symptoms of weekly acid reflux over the span of 11 years. WebMD showed disturbing statistics taken from the American Cancer Society of a rise in esophageal cancer cases, with just under 17,000 new cases diagnosed in 2011 alone. Not every case of esophageal cancer is directly related to GERD or goes along with heartburn issues; it is also linked with heavy alcohol and tobacco use.

However, there does seem to be a link between body size and GERD, as well as GERD to esophageal cancer. A comparison of 122 studies on patients taking PPI for acid reflux showed a definite link between obesity and reflux: "total number of reflux episodes increased significantly when BMI increased". More body weight leads to more pressure on internal organs, which can affect the heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs - and the esophagus. Increased body weight often goes hand-in-hand with asthma issues and risk factors for infections of the lung.

Dr. Madan asserts that lap band or bariatric surgery can be effective in obtaining the weight loss necessary toward reducing a variety of health issues. Once body weight has reached a certain level, usually a BMI of 40 or above, it becomes difficult to reduce weight simply by diet and exercise. Of course, says Dr. Madan, lifestyle change and diet restrictions must occur with those who engage in bariatric surgery or gastric banding such as the LAP-BAND® system.

Permanent weight loss has been shown to significantly impact type 2 diabetes, along with other life-altering conditions such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure related to high cholesterol levels, and some cancers. There's no reason not to think that drastically reducing weight by lap band surgery can also have a positive effect on reducing heartburn, or eliminating GERD. Inserting the lap band is a simple one-day procedure, but the effects can last for many years.

Dr. Madan has written 175 articles, and was the first in Memphis to perform a laparoscopic gastric bypass. To date, he has performed over, and was first to offer an incision-less treatment for post-operative weight gain. As the former Chief of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery Division at the University of Miami, Dr. Atul Madan may well be considered an expert in his field. Dr. Madan won the 2007 SAGES Young Investigator Award, was honored by the American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award, among others. Dr. Madan's patient reviews are consistently high, and he received the 2011 and 2012 Patients' Choice Award.

For more information on Dr. Madan or the LAP-BAND procedure, call 1-800-472-4900, or review more on Dr. Madan on dr-madan.com

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Dr. Madan
Dr. Madan
(213) 973-2263
Email >
Follow us on
Visit website