Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the cells lining the esophagus change. The precancerous condition develops as a result of chronic exposure of the esophagus to stomach acid, enzymes and bile (GERD/heartburn).
Radiofrequency ablation that uses heat generated at a high frequency removes diseased tissue while leaving healthy tissue unaffected.
How It's Performed
Because you'll receive a sedative and a painkiller (analgesic), you should feel no pain, and you won't remember the procedure. You'll lie on your left side. A local anesthetic may be sprayed into your mouth to prevent you from coughing or gagging when the endoscope is inserted. A mouth guard will be inserted to protect your teeth and the endoscope. Dentures must be removed.
The doctor inserts the endoscope through your mouth into the esophagus.
The doctor examines the lining of the esophagus on a computer screen as he or she controls the endoscope. Tissue samples can be taken through the endoscope for examination under an endoscope.
After Treatment Is Performed
Your physician will discuss your treatment plan, diet and medication.
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