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A surgical procedure trial compares efficacy of two reliable procedures to repair a hiatal hernia and put an end to heartburn and GERD symptoms

Two years later, Mike Culp, left, no longer has disruptive GERD symptoms and is very happy with the results of his fundoplication procedure. (Photo courtesy of Mike Culp)

June 13, 2023

For years, Mike Culp, 30, followed a highly restrictive diet and took medication to help manage his painful acid reflux symptoms that plagued his life and sleep. At age 18, he went to a specialist, who diagnosed him with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). He was prescribed a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI), a medication that shuts off the acid-pumping cells in the stomach. His symptoms were temporarily managed, but he could not get rid of the burning, acidic-induced discomfort for long.


Livestock exhibitor recovering well after open-heart surgery

Mark Wise stands proudly in his family-owned business, Wise Meat Market. (Photo provided by Wise family)

June 6, 2023

The last thing Mark Wise remembered from his arrival at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was leading his steer into a stall. The next thing he recalled was being in an ambulance and his clothes being cut off with scissors. Between those moments, Wise’s heart stopped beating.










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