Cutting edge treatment for Barrett’s esophagus: Endoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation
Patients with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), experience a constant barrage of stomach acid in the lower esophagus, which can lead to Barrett’s Disease. For this reason, if you’re suffering from chronic heartburn, it’s important to seek treatment to prevent it from developing into a more serious condition like Barrett’s Esophagus. In many cases, Dr. Ranvir Singh, Dr. Stephen Rashbaum, Dr. Nitin Parikh, Dr. Long B. Nguyen, Tammi D’Elena, PA-C, and Vanessa T. Dang, MSN, APRN, recommend that patients with GERD should be evaluated for Barrett’s Disease and possibly treated with endoscopic radiofrequency ablation.
In the past, there were few treatments available for Barrett’s Esophagus. Patients were often told to “wait and see” while doctors monitored their condition. Fortunately, there is a revolutionary therapy available called Endoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation (HALO System), offering new hope to those suffering from Barrett’s Disease.
While ablation therapy is not a new procedure, the technology of the HALO system provides improved control and precision making it easier to destroy the unhealthy esophageal tissue without injuring healthy cells in the vicinity.
Did You Know?
Barrett’s Esophagus is a disorder of the esophageal lining that can lead to Esophageal Cancer. Continuous exposure to stomach acid can cause the cells in the lower esophagus to become damaged, changing the architecture of the cells and increasing an individual’s risk of developing esophageal cancer. Studies have shown that people with Barrett’s Disease are 50-80 times more likely to develop esophageal cancer than the general population.
Symptoms of Barrett’s Esophagus
Many patients with Barrett’s Disease demonstrate few, if any, symptoms. However, Barrett’s Disease may present with
- Trouble swallowing food
- Chest pain
- Pain in the upper part of the abdomen
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or have risk factors for Barrett’s, you may need to be seen and examined to determine whether or not you are suffering from Barrett’s Esophagus. Dr. Ranvir Singh, Dr. Stephen Rashbaum, Dr. Nitin Parikh, Dr. Long B. Nguyen, Tammi D’Elena, PA-C, and Vanessa T. Dang, MSN, APRN, will perform an Upper Endoscopy to examine the esophageal tissue for signs of change.
About the Procedure
During the procedure, Dr. Ranvir Singh, Dr. Stephen Rashbaum, Dr. Nitin Parikh, Dr. Long B. Nguyen, Tammi D’Elena, PA-C, and Vanessa T. Dang, MSN, APRN, will utilize the HALO System’s Endoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation Therapy to destroy the pre-cancerous Esophageal lining. Once the unhealthy tissue has been eliminated, new, healthy tissue can grow back in its place. Performed on an outpatient basis at our in-house endoscopy suite, the procedure takes only 30 minutes. Experts believe that Endoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation Therapy can prevent patients from developing a fast-growing form of cancer called Esophageal Adenocarcinoma.
Because early stages of esophageal cancer can be silent or asymptomatic, it is often diagnosed in the later stages where the survival rate is very low. Thus, it is important to be evaluated early in order to avoid this preventable cancer. If you’re concerned about GERD or Barrett’s Esophagus, please schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms.
Board-Certified physicians Dr. Ranvir Singh, Dr. Stephen Rashbaum, Dr. Nitin J. Parikh, Dr. Long B. Nguyen, Dr. Ruth Montalvo, and providers Tammi D’Elena, PA-C and Vanessa T. Bridgeman, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC; care for patients in the North Atlanta, GA; area including Johns Creek, GA, Cumming, GA, Lawrenceville, GA, Alpharetta, GA, and Dawsonville, GA. The in-house endoscopy suite at Digestive Care Physicians is a certified facility which has achieved the highest level of accreditation by the Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). If you suffer from gastrointestinal problems, abdominal pain, or need a colorectal cancer screening, contact us at (770) 227-2222 to schedule an appointment.