The Doctors TV program to discuss severe acid reflux with UCI Health GI expert

May 02, 2014

Set your DVRs: UCI Health gastroenterologist Dr. Kenneth Chang appears on "The Doctors" TV show on Tuesday, May 6, to discuss a new treatment for severe acid reflux. The program airs at 11 a.m. on KCAL/9.

After years of suffering from severe acid reflux, 29-year old Jenny Goudeau turned to the H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center (CDDC) for an answer. Dr. William Karnes diagnosed the chronic inflammation of her esophagus.

When medication failed to provide relief, Chang, chief of the UCI Health Division of Gastroenterology and director of the CDDC, performed a Stretta® procedure to cure Goudeau’s gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which was caused by a weakness in the lower esophageal sphincter.

“Stretta uses radiofrequency energy, delivered through a special catheter, to heat and tighten the muscle,” Chang explained. “It's a minimally invasive alternative to major GERD surgery.”

Five months after her procedure, Goudeau’s symptoms disappeared.