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Tanner Heartburn Treatment Center

Finally Find Relief

Heartburn by the numbersMost people have suffered from the painful burning, regurgitation and discomfort of heartburn. But for some people that discomfort is a more pronounced, daily occurrence. They may be suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and they need and deserve specialized care.

That is why Tanner Health System has developed Tanner Heartburn Treatment Center. Heartburn is a symptom of GERD and treatment is essential, not only for patient comfort and quality of life, but also for future health concerns.

What is GERD?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is caused by stomach contents (acid) backing up into the esophagus because a muscular valve lying at the end of the esophagus, just above the stomach, is not working properly — which means it’s not stopping reflux. As a result, people suffer from symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, difficulty swallowing; and even cough, hoarseness and sore throat.

Some people choose to self medicate with over the counter antacids and acid reducing medication; others see a physician who may treat the patient with prescription medications for GERD. Some of these patients may not actually have the disease, since other conditions mimic GERD symptoms. Others do not receive relief from the medication or have adverse side effects. Tanner Heartburn Treatment Center properly addresses these patients’ special needs.

Enjoy the Foods You Love to Eat Without the Burn of Heartburn

For chronic heartburn sufferers, mealtime can be a constant compromise: avoiding favorite foods and laboring through painful, sleepless nights. It’s time patients take control of their eating habits and their lives. With one phone call, patients gain easy access to a complete heartburn center that caters to their needs as a heartburn sufferer and a person. From our specially trained nurse navigator and physicians to our dedicated nurses, the entire Tanner Heartburn Treatment Center staff oversees your care with attention to detail.

Patients at Tanner Heartburn Treatment Center can expect:

  • Comprehensive, state-of-the-art testing
  • Thorough education about GERD
  • Appropriate and effective treatment alternatives
  • An empathetic and seamless partnership among patients, the nurse navigator and Tanner Heartburn Treatment Center physicians

With Tanner Heartburn Treatment Center, patients will finally find the right diagnosis and treatment to live their lives more normally again. Call 770.812.2025 for an appointment today.

How Tanner Heartburn Treatment Center Works

Lauren Whitton, RN, Nurse Navigator

“I work with patients every step of the way through Tanner Heartburn Treatment Center to help them find relief.”

At Tanner Heartburn Treatment Center, patients will work closely with Lauren Whitton, RN, the Nurse Navigator who, in collaboration with Tanner Heartburn Treatment Center physicians, will oversee a series of specialized testing which allows for a definitive GERD diagnosis.

The patient will receive a complete evaluation of the esophagus to find out if GERD or other esophageal symptoms are present. What is causing the symptoms will also be determined, and the risk of esophageal cancer will be assessed. A clearly explained plan of care will be developed; treatment options may include medication and lifestyle changes, as well as minimally invasive surgery.

In addition, follow-up appointments with the nurse navigator will assure the patient’s continued relief from GERD symptoms.

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