It is my sincere belief that GERD and LPR will be cured in the next 10 years. Now that I have your attention with that bold statement, let's take a look at why:
EXIBIT A Endostim: http://www.endostim.com/
This little device may not be the end all of cures, but I feel that its a bold step in the right direction. Instead of having the stomach produce less acid as in PPIs, or stitch the top of the stomach together as in Nissen's, this strengthens the Lower Esophageal Sphincter. For many acid sufferers', the problem stems from an insufficient sphincter that allows acid to spill into places of the body where acid was never meant to go. Instead of an invasive procedure or pills that mask symptoms, this device strengthens the body part that is deficient in the first place. It is my hope that just as there are many companies making variants of PPIs, there will be multiple companies that make devices like the endostim. This means different ideas circling one general concept, and so the best ideas will create the best product. The future is so bright.
EXIBIT B Gard for Gerd: http://zinormedical.com/our-services/gard-gerd-2/
Another nifty medical device that goes beyond a Nissen and acid suppression drugs. This device looks to be more theoretical at this point, and I have not been able to obtain any additional clinical trial or research information from contacting the company on numerous occasions. However, the device appears to create a new valve that keeps acid in the stomach where it belongs while allowing food to go into the stomach as it should. According to the manufacturer, the device can be placed in an outpatient facility, meaning costs are substantially less than surgery. Again, I am hoping that other manufacturer's get into the game and improve upon the product, as I do doubt some of the claim's being made on the website and there is no clinical research about its effectiveness-for GERD or LPR.
Having stopped most people in their tracks with the above wall-of-text, I was hoping the few brave souls that read it all could add any thoughts they have about future GERD and LPR technology, and perhaps post new company ideas as they crop up.