Still Suffering From Heartburn? Our Experts Can Help

Heartburn is an irritation of the esophagus caused by stomach acid. It’s often experienced as a hot, sour, or acidic-tasting fluid in the back of the throat, or a burning feeling in the chest Symptoms commonly occur after eating or when lying in bed at night; however, other conditions, such as pregnancy, or obesity, may exacerbate heartburn.

Occasional heartburn is common and usually no cause for alarm. Most people can manage their symptoms with over-the-counter medications or through lifestyle and dietary modifications such as quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding acidic foods. But, frequent heartburn, known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), can sometimes lead to more serious health concerns if it is not appropriately treated.

“GERD is a chronic condition in which the stomach’s contents flow back up into the esophagus – the tube that carries food from your throat into your stomach,” says Joshua P. DeSipio, MD, a gastroenterologist at Cooper University Health Care’s Digestive Health Institute. “There are many treatment options for those suffering from GERD, and while over-the-counter and prescription medications might be effective for some people, others may need more aggressive treatments.”

GERD can cause:
• Inflammation or ulcers of the esophagus
• Problems swallowing because of a narrowing esophagus, called a stricture
• Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that can make it more likely to get esophageal cancer
• Long-term cough
• Chronic throat clearing
• Laryngitis
• Dental erosions
• Reactive-airway disease

If you have heartburn symptoms more than twice a week, or have been diagnosed with GERD and are taking prescription medications without relief, it’s time to see a gastroenterologist.

At the Cooper Digestive Health Institute, our team of 14 nationally recognized gastroenterologists offers a level of expertise and clinical excellence that is unmatched in South Jersey. Our providers offer a full range of services, from general GI health and routine screenings, to complex GI problems including cancer.

“The first step in evaluating a person’s GERD is to talk to the patient to understand how frequently he or she is experiencing symptoms, and for how long, and what treatments have been tried,” says Dr. DeSipio.

“Most patients respond well to the latest generation of reflux management medications, while others may require a procedure or surgery to resolve their symptoms and protect the esophagus,” says Dr. DeSipio. “Our goal is to raise awareness about the serious impact of uncontrolled acid reflux and provide exceptional care to improve our patients’ quality of life and long-term health.”

Call 800.8.COOPER (800.826.6737) to make an appointment with a Cooper gastroenterologist. Our Digestive Health offices are located in Camden, Mount Laurel, Pennsville, Sewell, Voorhees, and Willingboro.

Free Community Program

Unresolved Heartburn and Other Digestive Issues

Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Ripa Center for Women’s Health & Wellness at Cooper
6100 Main Street (GPS: 901 Centennial Blvd.)
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Register at or 800.826.6737

Cooper gastroenterologists Joshua P. DeSipio, MD, and Tara L. Lautenslager, MD, will discuss common digestive-health concerns for women. Symptoms, diagnostic testing, and the latest treatment options for everything from unresolved heartburn to bloating, constipation, lactose intolerance, and more will be covered.

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