Thursday, December 23, 2010

Latest treatment for acid reflux to be discussed at St. Rae's

NEW HAVEN - Two surgeons from the Hospital of Saint Raphael will discuss the latest in treatments for acid reflux at a free event in the hospital’s Cronin Auditorium from 10 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 8.
Particpants can register by calling 203-776-4677 or sign up online at
A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation, organizers said in a statement.
Light refreshments and validated parking will be provided.

Drs. Mario W. Katigbak, director of Thoracic Oncology, and Dr. Murali N. Naidu, chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery at St. Raphael’s, will present information on cutting-edge surgical options for acid reflux, a condition that affects more than 15 million Americans, according to a statement.
Chronic reflux, called gastroesophageal reflux disease, can cause changes in cells in the esophagus that can lead to an aggressive form of cancer if untreated, the statement said.

Katigbak and Naidu will discuss the symptoms and causes of gastroesophageal reflux disease, current remedies and the latest surgical treatments, the statement.

The Hospital of Saint Raphael was the first Connecticut hospital to offer minimally invasive esophagectomies, the statement said. It recently became "the first area hospital offering next-generation Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication surgery, an advanced procedure that treats acid reflux without incisions," the statement said.

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