Reflux patient shares successful treatment outcome

Shawn Roberts, MD

For more than 50 years, Sandy F. struggled with acid reflux symptoms. She finally found long-lasting relief when she sought care at the Minnesota Reflux and Heartburn Center at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin.

Sandy shares comments on her successful treatment outcome:

“I’ve had acid reflux since I was age 5. It was horrible. I sought treatment multiple times with different doctors, including specialists for decades. They put me on medications and performed multiple endoscopies over the years, but still never corrected the problem. They would increase my medication and advise me to take anti-acid tablets when my reflux got really bad. Then, I was put on another prescription to deal with the side effects of the Zegerid.

The acid reflux was definitely controlling my life! I had acid 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It never quit. I would have episodes where it would wake me up out of a sound sleep with horrible burning in my throat.

We recently moved up here from the Twin Cities and I was overdue for my endoscopy. So, I made an appointment with the reflux specialists at Riverwood. Then along came Dr. Shawn Roberts and his team; he is a miracle worker! He discovered I had no closure of my lower esophagus to prevent the backflow of acid. He performed a laparoscopic fundoplication.

Since my procedure, I have not had ANY acid and I’m off all my acid reflux medications. I have never felt this good in my entire life! I am forever grateful to Dr. Shawn Roberts and his team. They are the BEST!”

I want people to know there is help for acid reflux relief with permanent solutions.”