What is Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that is caused by gastric acid flowing from the stomach into the esophagus. GERD is more than simple heartburn. Untreated, GERD can develop into more serious conditions, including cancer for a small percentage of individuals.

Diagnosing GERD

The GERD Center at Methodist Hospitals Digestive Center employs the latest, most reliable technologies and techniques to accurately diagnose Gastroesophageal reflux disease.

EGD or Upper Endoscopy
This procedure allows Methodist physicians to examine the inside of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, and, if necessary, insert instruments through a scope to remove sample tissues for biopsy.

Esophageal Manometry
This test helps Methodist physicians measure the strength of the muscles in the esophagus. It is useful in evaluating gastroesophageal reflux and swallowing abnormalities.

Bravo pH Monitoring System
Revolutionizing the standards for diagnosing acid reflux, Bravo pH monitoring shows when and how much acid is refluxing from the stomach into the esophagus by means of a 48-hour monitoring process in which a small capsule is implanted in the esophagus.

Did you know….

  • Each year, Methodist Hospitals physicians diagnose and treat adults with gastroesophageal reflux disease.
  • Our specialists are skilled in distinguishing GERD from other disorders that may cause similar symptoms.
  • At Methodist, specialists in digestive diseases, and surgery work together to solve your problem.
  • Virtually every test and treatment for GERD is available in one convenient location.
  • Diagnosing your problem and recommending a treatment can usually be accomplished in a short period of time. The GERD Center at Methodist Hospitals Digestive Center Nurse Navigator coordinates all aspects of care from initial screening and treatment to follow-up.

GERD Health Related Quality of Life Questionnaire (HRQL)

If you have heartburn or GERD, or take medications for those conditions, complete the GERD-HRQL (Health Related Quality of Life) questionnaire, print a copy with your answers and consult with a health care provider.

Complete the questionnaire here.


GERD Center at Methodist Hospitals Digestive Center

Southlake Campus:  Pavilion A, 101 East 87th Ave., Merrillville, IN 46410 •  219-769-GERD (4373)