Acid Reflux Program

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Take control of reflux and take back your quality of life

Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a common disease caused by a weak muscle between the stomach and esophagus. Acidic contents of the stomach “reflux” into the esophagus, throat or lungs, causing a variety of mild to severe symptoms.

Learn more about your treatment options – call 803-545-5800

Our providers

Zeid M. Keilani, MD

Fernando A. Navarro, MD

Symptoms of GERD include:

  • Persistent or chronic heartburn
  • Chest and throat pain
  • Regurgitation
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Asthma
  • Gas and bloating

Left untreated, these symptoms can lead to serious complications, including esophageal cancer.

The good news is that GERD is often highly treatable, and many treatments are covered by private health insurance plans. 

About us

At the Palmetto Health-USC Acid Reflux Program, we want to be your health and wellness partner and get you back to living a life without the pain and inconvenience of reflux. We are the only multidisciplinary specialty program in the Midlands offering GERD and reflux treatment options including:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Anti-reflux medications
  • Lifestyle and diet consultation

Our approach is solution-oriented and collaborative. Our team of surgeons and gastroenterologists work together and with you to customize the right treatment option.

Minimally invasive procedures we offer include:

The LINX System is a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. The magnetic attraction between the beads is intended to help the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) resist opening to gastric pressures, preventing reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. LINX is designed so that swallowing forces temporarily break the magnetic bond, allowing food and liquid to pass normally into the stomach. Magnetic attraction of the device is designed to close the LES immediately after swallowing, restoring the body's natural barrier to reflux.

The Stretta system delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy to the muscle between the stomach and esophagus, which remodels and improves the muscle tissue, resulting in improved barrier function and fewer reflux events. Stretta treats the underlying problem that may cause GERD without surgery. Stretta is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, allowing patients to return to normal activities the following day. Stretta doesn’t require any incisions, stitches or implants.

The transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) is a minimally invasive treatment for GERD that is performed in the outpatient setting. The TIF procedure is performed from inside the patient’s stomach without incisions. This procedure delivers patient outcomes similar to those provided by conventional anti-reflux surgery (ARS), but is less invasive, has fewer adverse effects, and does not limit future treatment options.

Our affiliate system

Prisma Health is the largest not-for-profit health organization in South Carolina, serving more than 1.2 million patients annually. Our 30,000 team members are dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of you and your family. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will be rebranded at a later date and will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

Our promise is to: Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference.

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Palmetto Health is becoming Prisma Health. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group is part of Prisma Health.