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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners


    I am a sufferer of Esophagitis which I was diagnosed with 8 years ago. I am undergoing a gastroscopy and a schatzki ring, but still having issues with properly digesting food. Any advice would be appreciated to assist in overcoming this continuing issue.
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    Dr Jason Wong

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    Jason Wong is a skilled Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon with expertise in sleeve and gastric bypass surgery, gallbladder, hernia, endoscopic pilonidal, antireflux and emergency general … View Profile

    Oesophagitis is an inflamed oesophagus, most commonly caused by gastroesophageal acid reflux.  Symptoms that you may experience are heartburn or pain behind the breast bone, particularly when you lie down or bend over.

    The stomach digests food, but the oesophagus carries food from your mouth to the stomach. The presence of a Schatzki Ring or oesophagitis may be the feeling that food gets stuck when you swallow, in particular dry, chunky foods or meat such as steak - especially if the mean has gristle attached to it.

    The key thing is that gastroscopy should be performed to see what degree of narrow the Schatzki ring is causing and potential treatment options are usually endoscopic such as balloon dilatation, or incision of the ring.  Unfortunately, after treatments such as balloon dilatation, the Ring can be stenose and may require repeat treatments.

    It is also important to treat any underlying gastroesophageal reflux that may be present with proton pump inhibitor medication such as Nexium or Somac.

    Kind regards,

    Jason Wong

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