Dyspepsia/Acid Reflux

The oesophagus is a food pipe that links your mouth to the stomach. This tube is about 40cm in length and generally shuts tight at its junction with the stomach. For various reasons including the development of a hiatus hernia, obesity and eating habit, the acid content in the stomach can reflux back up into the oesophagus and cause heartburn. This is a very common condition and one that should be treated seriously. Acid reflux over prolonged period may lead to complication such as stricture (narrowing of the gullet causing inability to swallow) and oesophageal cancer. 

Dyspepsia refers to the uncomfortable sensation in stomach which is located in the upper abdomen. This can be described as 'indigestion' or various other sensations by different people. The sensation may be caused by an ulcer, inflammation or more seriously, stomach cancer. We are able to examine the entire upper gastrointestinal tract with a camera test called a gastroscopy and treat accordingly.