No Burp Sufferers
While belching is characterized as a day-to-day bodily function, for an unknown number of people, it’s a relief they never experience.
Instead, a big meal or carbonated beverage sets off a chain of gastric unpleasantries: bloating, searing pain in the esophagus, and excessive flatulence. And of course, the gurgling, a sound reminiscent of croaking frogs that seems to come from the throat.
Retrograde Cricopharyngeus Dysfunction (R-CPD) describes a disorder where the cricopharyngeus muscle fails to relax to allow the upward passage of gas, and results in an inability to burp/belch.
Many people in the No Burp community have found relief from botox injected into the cricopharyngeus muscle at the opening of the esophagus. Dr. Holmes is one of only a handful of physicians in the eastern US providing Botox injections to no burp sufferers. Popularly known as “throatox,” these injections can provide significant relief from the symptoms of R-CPD.
Those Struggling to Swallow or Considering G-Tube Placement
Many elderly patients who are struggling to swallow foods, medicines, and more can benefit from botox injections into the opening of their esophagus. We don’t want the condition and suffering to progress to the point that a gastrostomy tube (also called a G-tube) is needed.