Read this article from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons about GERD
What is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
Who gets GERD?
What causes GERD?
How do I know if I have GERD?
Will having GERD cause me problems?
Should GERD be treated?
When is further evaluation necessary?
How is GERD treated?
Is surgery necessary?
What can I expect if surgery is recommended?