A free public seminar focusing on acid reflux disease will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 in the lobby of the Ricketson Medical Building, 103 E. Mansion St.
The hour-long presentation will be given by Guy C. Power, M.D., a member of Oaklawn Hospital’s active medical staff. It will include a question-and-answer period.
Power will discuss issues related to persistent severe heartburn and regurgitation – symptoms of acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophagal reflux disease. Power also will discuss its causes and the latest treatment options.
“It’s a very common problem, and affects 10 to 15 percent of the population,” said Power. “Those who experience it more than two or three times a week should know that it warrants treatment and control. Otherwise, it can lead to other problems and complications.”
Fortunately, he said, a variety of medical and surgical options exist for those who suffer from the disease.
“It’s very treatable,” said Power, who is board certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. The Marshall resident formerly practiced in Grand Haven and Muskegon.
Gastroenterology is a medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the digestive system. Such disorders may affect the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, rectum, liver, gallbladder or pancreas.
Power received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan. His residency in internal medicine was with Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, and his gastroenterology fellowship was done at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. He also served as an instructor of internal medicine at Dartmouth Medical School.
Those who wish to attend the seminar may register by calling (269) 789-0025.