Barrett’s Esophagus Ablation (Radiofrequency Ablation)

Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which the lining of the esophagus changes, becoming more like the lining of the small intestine rather than the esophagus. This occurs in the area where the esophagus is joined to the stomach. It is believed that the main reason that Barrett’s esophagus develops is because of chronic inflammation resulting from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Barrett’s esophagus is more common in people who have had GERD for a long period of time or who developed it at a young age. It is also more common in men than women.

Barrett’s Esophagus itself has no specific symptoms, but this change can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. The condition is readily diagnosed through the use of endoscopy, which can detect a change in the lining of the esophagus that is then confirmed by a biopsy of the tissue. Our intent is to diagnose this condition as quickly as possible, treat it and follow it over time before cancer has a chance to develop.

How We Treat Barrett’s Esophagus

Medicines and/or surgery can often effectively control the symptoms of GERD. However, neither medications nor surgery for GERD can reverse the presence of Barrett’s esophagus and the possible subsequent cancer.

Dr. Arora is specially trained to treat Barrett’s esophagus using mucosal ablation to destroy the superficial lining, or mucosa, of the gastrointestinal tract. Radiofrequency ablation, or heat therapy, is a newer form of mucosal ablation used by Dr. Arora to destroy the Barrett’s tissue (cells) lining the esophagus. After treatment, the esophagus can grow back a normal healthy lining.

Is radiofrequency ablation right for you? Ask our staff to discuss this treatment option with you or click here to learn more about the procedure.