The newest treatment for Barrett’s esophagus is Radiofrequency Ablation or RFA. With this condition, the texture of the skin in the esophagus is replaced with tissue similar to that of the intestinal lining and the patient’s esophageal cancer risk is increased. RFA is an endoscopic procedure approved by the FDA that exposes damaged tissue to heat energy so that it can be destroyed.
Radiofrequency ablation for Barrett’s esophagus has been used since 2005. More than 50 clinical studies support the safety and efficacy of this technique to completely removed Barrett’s esophagus and dysplasia (cancer cells) in more than 90% of patients undergoing therapy. While some patients are resistant to radiation, the technique works for most patients.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TESTING
When doing the ablation for Barrett’s esophagus, the patient is placed under deep sedation or general anesthetic. The gastroenterologist inserts an electrode mounted on a balloon catheter or endoscope a patient’s throat so that heat energy comes in direct contact with the lining of the esophagus. Using one of three settings, depending on the amount of Barrett’s esophagus that is present, the physician applies heat for 25 to 35 minutes.
Over the next 48 to 72 hours, the burned tissue sloths off and is replaced by normal tissue within six to eight weeks. Patients may require between one and three treatments to destroy diseased tissue.
SCHEDULE AT OASIS ADVANCED GASTROENTEROLOGY
Radiofrequency Ablation is a newer technique for treating Barrett’s Esophagus. Contact Oasis Advanced Gastroenterology in Palm Springs to schedule RFA with Dr. Asgeri.
Request an appointment online or call 760-699-7607.