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Grant Regional Health Center introduces New Center for Advanced Treatment of Heartburn

Grant Regional Health Center is excited to announce the launch of the new Center for Advanced Treatment of Heartburn. With the addition of general surgeon James “Butch” Rosser, MD, FACS, and the current expansion program, the hospital is poised to offer a unique and important service that has not been available in this region.

Heartburn - A Very Real Problem

A little heartburn can mean a big problem. Everyone experiences a little heartburn or indigestion sometimes. But for a surprising number of people, this problem is much more than an occasional nuisance. It is painful, affects sleep and the ability to enjoy food, and diminish your quality of life.

Though many people suffer from chronic acid reflux, which causes heartburn, few people are aware of the more severe health risks that can occur if left untreated, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can lead to esophageal cancer.

Grant Regional Health Center, with the expertise of Dr. Rosser, recognize this growing health problem and know the importance of offering a comprehensive program for this region. Dr. Rosser is dedicated to providing the most advanced, personalized care to prevent, diagnose and treat conditions that cause heartburn. "While my clinical expertise is centered on utilizing minimally invasive techniques, my true passion is helping patients who suffer from chronic heartburn and GERD," explains Dr. Rosser. "With our advanced testing and treatment options, we can help you win the war on heartburn! Its personal for me, my uncle died of esophageal cancer. Esophageal Cancer is on the rise - up 600% since 1975 and is the fastest growing cancer in America."

Stats are Startling

Over 90 million people suffer from heartburn in the U.S. and it’s estimated that only 10 million of those actually schedule an appointment to see a doctor. What’s more alarming is that only 50-60% have the proper diagnosis and are treated properly. Grant Regional Health Center's team has developed a compassionate evidence based process that will lead patients to an accurate diagnosis, which will result in leading-edge treatment.

More about Heartburn

Heartburn is a painful, burning sensation felt in the chest or throat. Many people can manage discomfort associated with heartburn by making lifestyle changes and/or taking over-the-counter medications. However, persistent heartburn may point to a more serious medical condition.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a more severe form of heartburn. GERD is a chronic; ever present digestive disease in which stomach acid flows back into the esophagus (food pipe), and over time can damage the lining of the esophagus. If left untreated, GERD can lead to complications such as narrowing of the esophagus, esophageal ulcers, bleeding and Barrett's esophagus (a pre-cancerous condition).

Grant Regional’s Center for Advanced Treatment of Heartburn will be at the forefront of diagnosis and treatment of heartburn and GERD. It is committed to leaving no stone unturned when it comes to helping you conquer this illness. The first step in getting your health right is to find out what’s wrong. That is where the center will distinguish itself from others.

It can be difficult to properly diagnose GERD, since symptoms can mimic other conditions. In some cases, patients with heartburn symptoms can be suffering from these symptoms and may not actually have the disease. This occurs over 40% of the time. In addition, some patients do not receive relief from medications or experience side effects. But together, Dr. Rosser and his team will help get to the bottom of the burning issue.

Knowing the symptoms of chronic heartburn and associated diseases will help patients understand their risk. Symptoms in adults include:

  • Painful burning in the upper chest or stomach, just below the breastbone
  • Bitter or acid taste in the mouth
  • Chest pain
  • Regurgitation
  • Difficulty sleeping after eating
  • A dry cough, sore throat, or chronic hoarseness
  • Asthma, wheezing, or chronic cough
  • Difficulty swallowing, or feeling of something sticking in the throat
  • Gingivitis, tooth decay, or bad breath

Heartburn Seminars

Do you suffer from heartburn? Would you like more information? Meet Dr. Butch Rosser, General Surgeon, and better understand your condition by attending a free Heartburn seminar at Grant Regional Health Center. For more information about upcoming dates, contact 608.723.3223.

Get to Know Dr. Rosser

James "Butch" Rosser, MD, FACS, joined Grant Regional’s medical community in the fall of 2016. Dr. Rosser teamed up Dr. Adam Schope, General Surgeon, and together practice at Grant Regional Community Clinic.

Dr. Rosser is board certified in general surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgery. He has over 30 years of experience in surgery, along with advanced training and teaching in the latest laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery and has performed countless procedures with positive outcomes. Dr. Rosser has traveled the world discussing the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, helping to spread the advantages of these advancements in the field to patients. In addition to long clinical histories of excellence, he is a published author of over 55 peer-reviewed articles, 16 chapters/2 books and a media personality. Dr. Rosser is known from his many appearances on Fox, CNN, CBS, NBC and other networks. He has become increasingly known from his appearances on the Dr. Oz Show with his focus on helping patients unravel the medical complexities around heartburn and other diseases. Referred to as a "medical messenger," Dr. Rosser has been educating the masses on medical issues for over 20 years.

You may ask…What brings him to Lancaster, Wisconsin?

Grant Regional Health Center was in the process of recruiting a general surgeon to complement Dr. Schope's practice and provide a consistent partner in providing exceptional surgical care locally.  At the same time, Dr. Rosser was also searching for an opportunity where he could contribute to a surgical practice and also continue his calling with various media commitments. It was a perfect match for both parties.

Dr. Schope feels fortunate to have someone so experienced and personable, join his practice. "We make a great team," explains Schope. "Our skills and experience complement each other and I believe this will only advance surgical care and options for our patients in Grant County."

Specialized care, close to home  

If heartburn is holding you back, it’s time for a change. Lucky for you - a comprehensive program is closer than ever before. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosser, contact the Center for Advanced Treatment of Heartburn at 608.723.3249 or visit our website at

Take a quiz 

Print this Heartburn Quiz to determine your level of heartburn.

Print and mail quiz to: Grant Regional Health Center, Center for Advanced Treatment of Heartburn, 507 S. Monroe Street, Lancaster, WI 53813. Please include your contract information: Name, Address, and phone number so that we may contact you.

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