Keep reflux at ‘ARMS’ length

Do you have acid reflux? Are you dependant on drugs to treat this common health condition? Well, you need not to be dependent on drugs anymore to relieve acid reflux! In a breakthrough development in the field of medical science, surgeons from Baldota Institute of Digestive Sciences, Global Hospital Mumbai (BIDS) have come up with an effective treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), most commonly known as acid reflux

Keep reflux at 'ARMS' length

At the 21st Mumbai Live Endoscopy 2018 conference on innovative and new Endoscopy, many unique techniques were unfurled and discussed in a three day conference in Mumbai.

Interestingly, one of the topics discussed was about acid reflux and a new surgical breakthrough intervention developed to solve the same.

Acid reflux occurs when there is excess secretion of acids in the gastric glands of the stomach, producing gas, bad breath, stomach ache and other symptoms.

Anti-Reflux Mucosectomy (ARMS), an endoscopic surgery invented in Japan could permanently give respite to patents struggling with acidity problems, invented by a Japanese doctor Prof Haro Innoue of Tokyo University.

Keep reflux at 'ARMS' length

The ARMS endoscopic surgery, which is a newly invented Japanese technology, is now available in India and the credit goes to Dr Amit Maydeo, Chairman and Chief of gastroenterology Baldota Institute of Digestive Sciences, Global Hospital Mumbai.

The procedure doesn’t take more than 20 minutes and is a one-step solution.

Dr Maydeo said, “This is a minimally invasive procedure, means it can be done through endoscopy and within 20 minutes.”

Keep reflux at 'ARMS' length
Dr Amit Maydeo
Director of the Baldota Institute of Digestive Sciences, Global Hospital

Now available with the BIDS, ARMS is considered to be the world’s most effective and medication dependent non-surgical treatment. The BIDS team of researchers have modified the technique to bring down the cost of ARMS to Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000, which is one ‐tenth of its cost in Japan. The ARMS technique costs approximately Rs 2 lakh in Japan. With the minimum cost, the ARMS endoscopic surgery is now accessible to around 250 million population in India, suffering from acid reflux.

“This novel technique would revolutionise treatment of acid reflux, benefitting millions of patients in India. He plans to conduct workshops across the country to teach the technique to doctors,” said Dr Maydeo.

However, the experts recommend the ARMS endoscopic surgery only to those suffering from severe gastric problems.

“ARMS is not recommended to all kinds of acidity problems. We recommend it only if it is not curable with medication,” said Dr Maydeo.