Acid Reflux Treatment/Heartburn/GERD Specialist

At West Side Gastroenterology, Dr. Jaffin provides skilled diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux or heartburn and GERD in patients from the Upper West Side of Manhattan and throughout New York City, reliving painful symptoms and preventing long-term damage that can increase the risk of esophageal cancer.

Acid Reflux Treatment/Heartburn/GERD Q & A

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is another term for heartburn, a painful, burning sensation that occurs when stomach acid and sometimes partially-digested food refluxes, or moves backward, into the esophagus. Everyone experience acid reflux from time to time, but when it happens chronically, it may be a sign of a more serious condition called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

What is GERD?

GERD is a chronic medical condition that occurs when the sphincter, or opening, between the esophagus and the stomach begins to malfunction. Normally, the sphincter (called the lower esophageal sphincter or LES) keeps acid and food in the stomach and prevents it from moving back into the esophagus. But if the LES becomes weak or damaged, acid reflux can occur on a regular basis, causing chronic pain and discomfort.

Is GERD serious?

Yes, the effects of GERD can be very serious if not treated properly. Over time, the continual backwash of acid can cause changes in the esophagus, and over time, the lining will become more like the lining of the intestine. This is a condition called Barrett's esophagus, and it can increase your risk for developing esophageal cancer.

Can GERD be managed with over-the-counter antacids?

While you may be able to relieve the symptoms associated with GERD, taking antacids regularly can wind up masking serious symptoms, and some antacids can also interfere with absorption of important nutrients. If you have chronic heartburn, you should make an appointment to be evaluated.

How is GERD treated?

First, an endoscopy will likely be performed to confirm the diagnosis and to evaluate any damage that may have occurred. In most cases, GERD can be managed with medication, but sometimes, surgery may be needed.

Insurance/HMO Information

We currently participate with the following health care plans. For more information, please call the office.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Plan
Multiplan, Inc.
Oscar Health Insurance Co.
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
Oxford Liberty/Freedom

Words from our patients

  • Vitals

    "Dr. Jaffin has been my physician for over 15 years. Along with being an excellent diagnostician he is kind and caring and has always treated me with dignity."

  • Yelp

    "went to him for a colonoscopy and endoscopy. The office staff were very nice. The Dr. had a great bedside manner and appeared very competent."

    Gar S.
  • Vitals

    "This is exemplary physician service. Dr. Jaffin is very bright, explains everything, takes patient education very seriously and is thorough and very kind."

    Verfiied Patient
  • Vitals

    "Excellent diagnostician as well as kind and caring. I will always be grateful to Dr. Jaffin!"

    Verified Patient
  • "Dr. Weiss was really great and thorough. He listened to all of my symptoms, outlined the procedures in the examination, and then explained the diagnosis and treatment."

    Anthony C.
  • "The office staff was very nice and professional. There was an error in scheduling and it was dealt with immediately and wonderful solution was made!"

    Richard M.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Weiss saw me before the procedure. In the procedure room, everything was professional and competent"

    Gar C.
  • RateMDs

    "Besides being a great doctor he also has a wonderful bedside manner. "

  • Yelp

    "Smart, conscientious, attentive and patient describe the what you get from Dr. Jaffin as a physician."

    Kenneth R.
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    "I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends!"

    Maria C.
  • " Dr Jaffin spends time answering your questions explaining the condition you are being treated for and not treating you like a number."

    Eric S.
Westside Gastroenterology
620 Columbus Ave
Upper West Side

New York, NY 10024
Phone: 212-721-2600
Fax: 212-721-6230
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