BARRX Radiofrequency Ablation
BARRX™ radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is now available at Riverview Medical Center for the treatment of Barrett’s esophagus.
What is Barrett’s esophagus?
Barrett’s esophagus is a condition that can often result from chronic heartburn or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Damage to the lining of the esophagus causes abnormal cell changes and if left untreated can lead to esophageal cancer.
People living with GERD or chronic heartburn are at risk for developing Barrett’s esophagus, and while symptoms can vary they often include:
- Waking in the night because of heartburn pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Blood in vomit or stool
Diagnosis and Treatment of Barrett’s esophagus
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms talk to your doctor about scheduling an endoscopy to test the cells for Barrett’s esophagus. While there is no cure for Barrett’s esophagus, BARRX radiofrequency ablation will help to prevent further damage by stopping acid reflux from the stomach and may help reduce the risk of developing cancer.
About BARRX Radiofrequency Ablation
With BARRX RFA, radiofrequency energy is delivered through a catheter to the esophagus to remove the bad tissue with a controlled amount of heat, while sparing damage to nearby healthy tissue, and is done in conjunction with an upper endoscopy.
Benefits of BARRX treatment include:
• Non-invasive alternative to esophagectomy (removing esophagus)
• Quick, outpatient procedure done in the safety of a hospital
• Quick recovery, most patients return to daily activities within a couple of days
• Reduces the risk of developing esophageal cancer
Depending on the size of the affected area, most patients will need 2-3 treatment sessions over the course of 4-12 months to completely eliminate the Barrett’s. It is important to consult with your doctor and follow treatment plans accordingly to prevent further damage to the lining of the esophagus.
About the procedure
A sizing balloon will be used to measure your esophagus, and then the proper BARRX ablation device will be used for the actual procedure. During the procedure you will lay down on your left side. A bite block may be placed in your mouth to keep it open. You will swallow a thin, flexible, lighted tube (endoscope) which will transmit an image of the inside of your esophagus so your doctor can measure the area that requires treatment and use an ablation catheter to deliver energy to only the abnormal tissue.
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