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Arkansas Heartburn Treatment Center

At our office in Heber Springs, Arkansas, Dr. Dan Lister provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical services for a variety of gastroenterological and surgical disorders.

Dr. Lister is proud to be the first and most experienced surgeon in Arkansas to offer the LINX Reflux Management System, an FDA approved device for the treatment of GERD. For effective treatment on a wide variety of gastroenterology services in the Heber Springs, Little Rock, and Fayetteville, AR area, schedule an appointment today at Arkansas Heartburn Treatment Center


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Thank you, Dr. Lister! My life is again wonderful.
It was 1970, I was twenty-six years old, and I already had a hiatal hernia and full-fledged GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). I was suffering daily, often non-stop, from intense heartburn, sometimes after merely drinking water. My family physician sent me to a gastroenterologist who recommended surgery.
Back then surgery meant sawing through the rib cage to access the esophagus with only a predictable 50% chance of success. My reflux was so bad that I agreed; but, prior to surgery, it was determined that I was not a good candidate. And, so, for the next 45 years I strictly adhered to a very bland diet, took almost every PPI and reflux medication on the market, slept on incline beds, developed Barrett’s Esophagus, and underwent the discomfiture of yearly endoscopies. I also had to avoid eating anything for at least four hours before going to bed or run the risk of aspirating undigested food. Many times I woke up choking and struggling to breathe, and my wife even had to rush me to the hospital in the middle of the night. My chronic reflux eventually scarred my vocal chords and significantly impaired my ability to sing, an avocation I enjoyed since childhood. I went to an otolaryngologist who performed a pharyngeal pH study on me that disclosed 284 serious reflux events within a twenty-hour period. He told me remedial measures had to be taken immediately.
Fortunately, I had just read a newspaper article about the pioneering work that Dr. Lister was doing to alleviate GERD. My gastroenterologist encouraged me to make an appointment with Dr. Lister, which I did. It was probably my wisest medical decision ever. His nurses and receptionist are like family in the congenial way they care for me, and Dr. Lister is one of the most competent, personable, and down-to-earth doctors I have known. It’s always a joy to see him. His consultations are friendly conversations in which he attentively provides relevant information, patiently listens and answers all my questions, frankly gives me his opinion and advice, but always lets me make any final decision. In the various interactions I have now had with Dr. Lister, I have never felt rushed, ignored, or belittled. He has always treated me and my concerns with dignity and respect.
The first thing Dr. Lister did for me was to perform a series of endoscopic esophageal ablations (HALO procedures) to remove the Barrett’s Esophagus. He then did laparoscopic surgery to repair my hiatal hernia and to implant the LINX device at the base of my esophagus. The results are like day and night. I am experiencing a whole new way of living! No more bland, spiceless foods. No more reflux. No more heartburn. No more PPIs. No more inclined beds. No more waking up in the middle of the night choking. No more fretting about the terrible things that can develop from untreated GERD or from taking too many PPIs. And now I can even indulge in midnight snacks without worry. It’s been two years since all this was accomplished, and the positive results have remained fully stable.
I have only one regret, and that’s that Dr. Lister and his HALO and LINX procedures were not around 45 years ago. But it’s all available to you now. There’s no reason to continue suffering. If you have chronic GERD, please do yourself a favor and contact Dr. Lister. Discuss with him your options and alternatives. As I said, making an appointment with him was probably the wisest medical decisions I have ever made.

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