GIs 'need a better understanding of the therapeutic options,' physician says

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Brian Dooreck, MD, gastroenterologist at Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Centers in Pembroke Pines, Fla., spoke with Becker's ASC Review on the surgical technique shaping his practice. 

Q: What novel surgical technique has had the most significant impact on your practice? Why?

Dr. Brian Dooreck: As more and more patients are interested in stopping chronic medical therapy with proton pump inhibitors, endoscopic therapy for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease is evolving. 

Patients are also looking for alternatives to traditional antireflux surgery. In my opinion, gastroenterologists need a better understanding of the therapeutic options, besides surgical intervention, to patients who cannot or do not wish to take chronic PPI medications for GERD.

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