Swedish doctor, Dr. Lars Kundell, recently published a study that indicates no perfect cure for GERD. Those who opt for surgery and those who opt for medication have experience both benefits and drawbacks.
"Overall, surgery was better at controlling GERD symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation, but long-term omeprazole avoided postoperative difficulties in swallowing, flatulence and an inability to belch or vomit."
Simply put, it's impossible at the moment to rid yourself of this disease completely. No matter which method you prefer, there will be some drawbacks. It's make sense then for people who suffer from the disorder to identify which foods are especially troublesome and to cut them out of their diets. Dairy prodcuts are among the most widely complained about foods for those with GERD, so staying clear of milk and cheese as frequently as possible is a good idea.
As someone who does not suffer from GERD, I've noticed that everyone I know who has it complains about the pain after eating different foods. Simply - everyone's case is different. While doctors can make recommendations regarding what to eat and what not to and preferred treatment methods, it is crucial that those affected by the disease make their own cautious decisions.
However, at the end of the article, an editorial from Dr. Stuart Jon Spechler of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas is quoted as saying "I find it difficult to fathom why a typical GERD patient would opt for a potentially hazardous surgery to fix a problem managed almost as well as a reasonably safe medication."
Given the apparent lack of effectiveness of the surgery versus the side effects of any invasive procedure, some may just decide to skip the surgery althogether. This may be a good idea, but, as always, one should consult their doctor and make a decision for themselves.