People suffering with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) are invited to learn more about the comprehensive treatment solutions for reflux, hiatal hernia and heartburn at a free seminar on Thursday September 12, at 6 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Springfield.

Dr. Rick Nedelman, a surgeon specialist with over 20 years’ experience, will provide an overview of the latest advances in diagnostics and treatment for GERD and hiatal hernia. Dr. Nedelman performed the first minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery in the region and is an expert in diagnosis and general surgery.

GERD is caused by a weak, defective valve mechanism between the esophagus and stomach that allows acid, bile and stomach contents to flow back from the stomach into the esophagus. This causes heartburn, can damage the lining of the esophagus and potentially increase the chances for esophageal cancer. In addition to heartburn, GERD sufferers may experience regurgitation, hoarseness, persistent cough, asthma, bad breath, shortness of breath and sleep disturbance.

Refreshments will be provided at the seminar. Registration is requested by calling 937.521.5962 or email

Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital is a physician-owned hospital established in 2009 which provides award-winning care for elective surgical procedures. Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, OVSH offers in-patient and out-patient surgical procedures, as well as affiliated services including: imaging, 3D mammography, physical and hand therapy, sports performance improvement, colonoscopy screening and other wellness programs. Ohio Valley provides exceptional surgical and medical care to their patients, in an environment of personalized service.

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