London, Ky. (January 22, 2014)— Saint Joseph London, part of KentuckyOne Health, will host a free educational seminar on a new treatment option for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Jason Harris, M.D., a general surgeon with KentuckyOne Health, will share information and host a question and answer session during the free seminar, which will take place in classrooms A and B, in the lower level of Saint Joseph London.
GERD is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid flows back into the food pipe or esophagus. The backwash of acid irritates the lining of the esophagus and causes GERD symptoms.
Symptoms of GERD include hoarseness, laryngitis, chronic dry cough, asthma, earaches and an increase in saliva.
According to some studies, sixty percent of the adult population will experience GERD within a year. It is often treated with medication, but in severe cases where medication is not effective, new alternative options for GERD treatment are now available.
Last year, the FDA approved a new procedure called the LINX Reflux Management System, which uses a small, flexible band of beads. Each bead has a magnet inside. When placed around the outside of the esophagus, the magnetic attraction between the beads helps the sphincter stay closed to prevent reflux. Swallowing food allows the beads to separate, so that food and liquid pass normally into the stomach.
Dr. Harris is the only physician in Kentucky offering patients the LINX procedure, and has seen much success with this new approach.
For more information or to make a reservation for the free event, please call 859.313.2255 or 888.645.0013.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky.