LoneStar Bariatrics

Bariatric Surgery & Weight Loss Clinic located in Plano, TX

Your chances of having heartburn increase significantly when you gain weight, but clinically proven weight-loss solutions can eliminate your symptoms. At LoneStar Bariatrics, Chad Carlton, MD, FACS, FASBMS, is an experienced bariatric surgeon bringing a proven and personalized approach to weight loss for men and women in North Dallas. To learn more about their nonsurgical and surgical weight-loss solutions for heartburn, call LoneStar Bariatrics or schedule an appointment online today.

Heartburn Q & A



What is heartburn?

Heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), describes pain or discomfort in your chest. In most cases, this pain is worse in the evening, when lying down or bending over, or after eating.

In addition to a burning pain in your chest, heartburn can also cause a sour or bitter taste in your mouth.

What causes heartburn?

Heartburn symptoms develop when your stomach acid flows back into your esophagus. This tube connects your throat to your stomach. When left untreated, the stomach acid can cause additional health issues, including:

  • Painful or difficult swallowing
  • Sores or ulcers that can bleed
  • Precancerous changes to your esophagus


While anyone can develop heartburn, your chances are significantly higher even if you’re just slightly overweight.

How can losing weight help with heartburn?

The exact reason why excess body weight increases your risk of heartburn isn’t known, but it’s believed that carrying extra weight puts added pressure on your abdomen.

When you put pressure on your abdomen, it increases the chances that the ring of muscles between your stomach and esophagus will relax. These muscles are known as your lower esophageal sphincter. When they’re working correctly, they prevent stomach acid from flowing back into your esophagus.

If you’re overweight, the easiest way to find relief for chronic heartburn is weight loss. At LoneStar Bariatrics, Dr. Carlton and his team offer a personalized approach to weight loss that includes both nonsurgical and surgical weight-loss solutions.

What weight-loss solutions can help with heartburn?

Dr. Carlton and his team know that everyone’s weight-loss needs are unique, so they provide an individualized, patient-focused approach to help you find the perfect solution.

In addition to medical weight-loss management programs using safe and proven medications, they also offer nonsurgical solutions like gastric balloons. When you get a gastric balloon, you temporarily swallow the device to help you eat less. LoneStar Bariatrics also provides nutritional counseling with dietitian Allison Rezentes, MS, RD/LD.

If you need help losing a significant amount of weight and haven’t had success with diet or exercise in the past, Dr. Carlton might recommend minimally invasive surgical solutions like the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or duodenal switch. Each of these bariatric surgeries helps you eat less while also changing the way your body absorbs nutrients.

You don’t have to live with heartburn; call LoneStar Bariatrics or schedule an appointment online today.