The Newnan Times-Herald


Minimally invasive surgery provides relief for GERD

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Sep. 06, 2017 - 4:19 AM

William C. Statton, M.D., FACS, who recently joined Piedmont Physicians Surgical Specialists in Newnan, says anti-reflux surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that provides relief for longtime sufferers.

“Many patients have been suffering from acid reflux and heartburn for more than 20 or 30 years with little relief from medications or changes in lifestyle,” said Statton, who is certified by the American Board of Surgery, and has a special interest in minimally invasive abdominal and thoracic surgery as well as breast, anti-reflux and robotic surgery. “After surgery, patients can expect an overnight stay and should be back to work in a week.”

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease affecting between 42-64 million adults in the United States. Many people manage symptoms with medication or lifestyle changes, such as not eating after 6 p.m. or raising the head of their bed. But for some, this does not provide relief, and surgery may be needed.

GERD can also lead to esophageal diseases and puts sufferers at a higher risk for cancer of the esophagus.

“Different patients have different symptoms. If you experience acid reflux and/or heartburn at least twice a week or it is affecting your daily life, despite maximal treatment with medication, I recommend scheduling an appointment to discuss treatment options,” said Statton. “Sometimes this disease causes damage to a person’s esophagus and needs to be treated immediately.”

Prior to joining Piedmont Physicians, Statton worked in private practice for more than 10 years. He is a member of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract and the Society of Surgical Oncology. As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he is experienced in a wide range of surgical treatments, including general and thoracic surgery.

In his spare time, Statton enjoys reading, writing, hiking, traveling and spending time with his wife and six adopted children.