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Center for GERD and Foregut Disorders

A Multidisciplinary Center, Focused on You

Patient Resources

Preparing for Your First Visit

The day before your appointment, clinic staff will give you a reminder call. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment and be sure to bring the following:

  • A current medication list
  • Your insurance card
  • A form of personal identification with a photo on it (a driver’s license or ID card)
  • Relevant medical records, especially those from another physician treating your heartburn

During Your First Visit – What to Expect

1) At your appointment, our nurses, providers will ask a series of questions to understand your condition:

  • When did you begin experiencing symptoms? How severe are they?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve or worsen your symptoms?
  • Do your symptoms wake you up at night?
  • Are your symptoms worse after meals or lying down?
  • Does food or sour material ever come up in the back of your throat?
  • Do you have difficulty swallowing food, or have you had to change your diet to avoid difficulty swallowing?
  • Have you gained or lost weight?
  • Are you currently taking any heartburn medications? 

2) Your provider will conduct a thorough medical examination and attempt to identify the cause of your symptoms. Evaluation techniques may include:

  • Physical examination
  • Diagnostic testing to help confirm the extent of your condition, assess any complications, or determine if the symptoms are due to more advanced disease

3) Then they’ll discuss with you a comprehensive treatment plan to bring you real relief. Your nurse navigator will be your partner through every step of the process, before, during, and after your first appointment. They will answer any questions you may have and coordinate your care with our teams.

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Symptom Tracker

Use this form to track your symptoms and discuss the answers with a gastroenterologist — so together you can take the first step towards treatment.

Download the Symptom Tracker

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do You have GERD?

If weekly or daily acid reflux symptoms are interfering with your quality of life, you may have GERD. Schedule an appointment with our providers.
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