It was almost as if food were the enemy.

Whenever Michael Aldrich of Cassopolis ate a meal or drank water, he was tormented by a painful burning sensation that would creep up his esophagus from his stomach to his throat.

Dr. Seth Miller

Dr. Seth Miller at Lakeland General Surgery in Niles performs noninvasive procedures that restore the esophagus to prevent chronic acid reflux.

Good valve

This illustration shows a health valve that prevents stomach acids from passing into the esophagus.

Good valve

Bad valve

This illustration shows stomach acids surging past a damaged valve and into the esophagus, which causes heartburn and can lead to health complications.

Bad valve

Repaired valve

This illustration shows a repaired esophagus that can now prevent stomach acids from escaping.

Repaired valve