Occasional heartburn or reflux? Learn when to see a doctor at Rome Health Night

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Heartburn is that uncomfortable burning sensation in your chest, neck and throat when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus. Most of us have experienced symptoms one time or another, but when symptoms become more frequent, it could be GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) and time to see a doctor.

But, how do you know?

Board certified general surgeon Keneth Hall, MD, FACS, FASMBS, will discuss symptoms, detection, risks, and advances in treatment 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Mohawk Valley Community College Rome campus, 1101 Floyd Avenue. Dr. Hall will answer questions after the presentation.

The Health Night is a free lecture series sponsored by Rome Memorial Hospital.

Advance registration is encouraged for planning purposes. For more information or to make a reservation, call 315-337-5309. Refreshments will be served.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Many people, including pregnant women, suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion caused by GERD.  

“GERD is simply a reflux of gastric content into the esophagus and can cause quite a bit of pain and discomfort,” Dr. Hall said. “It is important to prevent or control symptoms because over time, the acid reflux can wear away at the lining of the esophagus and lead to further complications including esophageal cancer.”

Dr. Hall performs a broad range of surgical procedures at Rome Memorial Hospital, including anti-reflux procedures, placement of gastric pacemakers to treat gastroparesis, minimally invasive hernia repairs and cholecystectomies.

Dr. Hall is board certified by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. As an experienced bariatric surgeon, Dr. Hall has the expertise to perform general surgical procedures on overweight patients, as well as patients who have surgical needs after weight loss surgery. 

Dr. Hall earned his medical degree at Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, D.C., in 2005. He completed his general surgery internship and residency at SUNY Stony Brook Medical Center. Committed to being on the leading edge of surgical advances, Dr. Hall has completed numerous specialized certifications. He was a research fellow at the NYU Winthrop Hospital, where he completed additional training in minimally invasive, bariatric and robotic surgery. 

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hall, please call Rome Medical Practice Surgical Specialists at 315-356-7770. His office is located at Griffiss Business & Technology Park, 267 Avery Lane, Suite 300, Rome.

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