Endoscopic and Surgical Treatments for GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the contents of the stomach leak backward into the esophagus, or food pipe, causing irritation. (To learn more about the signs and symptoms check out yesterday’s post.)

Minimally invasive endoscopic and surgical treatments have proved to be safe, effective options to cure GERD for good. Stretta Therapy is a minimally invasive and effective bridge between drug therapy and reflux surgery for GERD. This innovative procedure uses radiofrequency energy to treat the muscle of the esophagus, remodeling the tissue and resulting in improved symptoms and a reduction or elimination of medication.

Stretta does not involve incisions or stitches and is performed in an outpatient setting. Stretta is for select patients who have failed to respond to lifestyle changes and drug therapy, who are concerned about the risks of long-term medication and who are not surgical candidates.

EsophyX TIF is a surgical procedure performed through the mouth, which reconstructs the barrier between the stomach and esophagus to prevent stomach fluids from refluxing up into the esophagus. EsophyX TIF involves no incisions, reduced recovery time and no visible scar.

Nissen Fundoplication is a surgical procedure that strengthens the “valve” between the esophagus and the stomach through the process of wrapping the upper curve of the stomach around the lowest portion of the esophagus. This results in stopping acid from backing up into the esophagus as easily. If a person has a hiatal hernia, which can cause GERD, it will also be repaired during this procedure.

The LINX Reflux Management System is a small flexible band made of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores that is placed around the esophagus. The magnetic pull between the beads is intended to help the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) resist opening to gastric pressures, thus preventing reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. When swallowing normally, the LINX system is structured to expand, allowing food and liquid to pass normally into the stomach. The magnetic pull of the device is designed to close the LES immediately after swallowing, thus restoring the body’s natural barrier to reflux.

Weight Loss Surgery may be an effective option for individuals struggling with excess weight as traditional reflux procedures may not be as effective.

Barrett’s Esophagus
Over time, persistent exposure of the delicate tissue of the esophagus to the acid content of the stomach can cause chronic inflammation of esophagitis, which can lead to a potentially serious condition called Barrett’s Esophagus.

The Barrx Radiofrequency Ablation System utilizes high thermal energy delivered using a 3cm-long coil mounted on a balloon catheter. Ablation destroys abnormal cells to allow normal cells to re-populate.

Learn more about treatment of GERD at a free seminar. Click here to register.

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