Wythe County Community Hospital Announces New Heartburn Program

April 9, 2019

Wythe County Community Hospital held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Heartburn Program.  Wythe County Community Hospital now offers treatment for serious conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus, hiatal hernia, and voice disorders caused by acid reflux and other swallowing disorders. 

“We are excited that Wythe County Community Hospital is now able to provide comprehensive care for patients with heartburn, said Joseph Wilkins, CEO at WCCH. “We are utilizing the latest technology to evaluate, diagnose, and treat those in our community with this condition. We strive daily to make our community healthier and with the skilled services of our physicians and new technology we are consistently making a positive difference. “
The capsule-based BravoTM reflux testing system evaluates the frequency and duration of acid reflux to better understand patients’ symptoms. This diagnostic solution features an up to 96-hour monitoring period, supporting greater test sensitivity increasing detection of symptoms.”

“Heartburn and indigestion are very common symptoms caused by a disorder known as GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). GERD affects nearly 30 million Americans and, when left untreated, can cause serious problems such as ulcers, bleeding, and esophageal narrowing,” said Dr. Christopher Downing, general surgeon. “Over time, with repeated exposure to stomach acid, the cells of the esophagus change and could even lead to cancer.” Dr. Downing oversees the testing and performs anti-reflux procedures at WCCH.

Studies show that GERD can aggravate, or even cause, asthma, pulmonary disorders, and chronic cough, chronic sore throats, and hoarseness. For additional information, contact us at 276.228.0200 or visit our website at WCCHcares.com and download our GERD SYMPTOM TRACKER and discuss the answers with a physician so together you can take the first step towards treatment.