Millions of people suffer from acid reflux at night. The combination of lying flat and the relaxation of the upper esophageal sphincter during sleep allow stomach acids and food residues to come back up into the throat and enter the airway, irritating the delicate voice and lung tissues.
A Milwaukee gastroenterologist and leader in dysphagia research - Reza Shaker, MD - created a non-surgical, non-medication device to help reduce or eliminate night-time reflux. This FDA-approved device, called the Reza Band, is worn at night and adjusts to provide a slight pressure on the upper esophageal area to compensate for night-time muscle relaxation. This little extra support helps keep the upper esophageal sphincter closed, keeping the digestive juices in the esophagus and stomach.
The Reza Band is a medical device and your healthcare provider will need to evaluate your reflux symptoms to make sure this is an appropriate treatment method for you. If you are interested in more information on this reflux treatment option, visit www.rezaband.com or contact your healthcare provider.