Dr. G. Kevin Gillian is a surgeon at Virginia Hospital Center who treats some of the worst cases of gastrointestinal reflux disease, or GERD, which medication can’t control. He says the people who turn to him for a surgical solution have often suffered for years.
Dr. Gillian says, “When people get heartburn, that’s just a reflection of why they feel bad. There is damage to the esophagus and damage to the lining of the esophagus and they’re uncomfortable. I see people who are in the prime of life taking all the medications they are supposed to and they still feel terrible.”
Dr. Gillian is very excited about a newly-approved magnetic device called LINX, which can stop acid reflux with a minimally-invasive procedure.
” If the reflux stops, they don’t need the pills. They don’t need to alter their diet. They’re very happy,” he says.
He has been running Heartburn Centers since 1998. He established the Heartburn Center at Virginia Hospital Center and is the Director.