MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There’s a new type of surgery that can stop heartburn — without an incision.

The surgery, designed by Dr. Miguel Burch, works by strengthening a person’s valve so food can go down, and not back up.

“What changed is the valve at the end of the esophagus probably started off weak an just got weaker over time,” said Burch, who works at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “We put an endoscope down and through it a sewing machine, it allows us to shape the stomach.”

Doctors do point out that this surgery should be done as a last resort. Heartburn can be lessened by losing a few pounds or by cutting out caffeine.

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