Acid reflux care makes eating enjoyable again

Barry Anderson enjoys a meal at the Block North Brew Pub in Aitkin

Acid reflux symptoms were not a problem for Barry Anderson until a few years ago.

Anderson explains: “When I would bend over, I would get a burning feeling in my throat that would last two to three days. I also felt nauseous. I got referred to a reflux specialist by my primary care provider, Nurse Practitioner Lisa Gerhart, who really listens to her patients and cares about getting the best care for you.”

Anderson’s care with the Minnesota Reflux and Heartburn Center (MRHC) at Riverwood in Aitkin included coordination and scheduling of several diagnostic tests with Dawn Harcey, clinical nurse coordinator; pre-op and post-op care from Thomas (TJ) Hirsch, general surgery physician assistant; and surgery with Dr. Andrew Loveitt, reflux specialist and general surgeon.

Dr. Loveitt performed a robotic-assisted para-esophageal hiatal hernia repair with Toupet fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease. For this minimally invasive procedure, patients can generally go home within 24 hours.

Anderson shares comments on his successful treatment outcome:

“TJ was wonderful; he explained everything so well and helped me choose the type of surgical procedure to fix my acid reflux. Everyone on the clinic staff was amazing; they are very good at what they do.

Dr. Loveitt spent a good deal of time with me before and after my surgical procedure, explaining everything in great detail. I appreciated his expertise and dedication to guiding patients to the best outcomes.

I’m not taking any acid reflux medications now, and I’m so happy with how my treatment turned out. Best of all, I can enjoy my wife’s spicy southern cooking again.

I’m so impressed with Riverwood’s hospital; it’s so clean and well-kept with the newest equipment. It’s amazing all they can do for patients in our small, rural community.”