Some hope for reflux patients

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A procedure being tested in Albany could offer new hope for millions of people dealing with a bothersome health condition.

About 20-million Americans suffer from gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is one of 17-locations worldwide to take a look at the effectiveness of a surgically implanted device that uses magnetic beads to treat the disease.

Internationally known surgeon Dr. Tom DeMeester will oversee some of the surgeries in Albany.

"It's a breakthrough in the sense that it's a much more simplistic approach to the problem surgically. There's not as big of a surgical procedure as we had to do in the past. It's much more simple and can be done in about 20 minutes," said Dr. DeMeester.

DeMeester spoke with clinicians and surgeons from Albany Surgical Monday night. 15 local patients have qualified for the upcoming study.

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