The prospect of undergoing a medical procedure can be frightening. However, the expert doctors at La Peer’s Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence are always available to answer any questions you may have. Knowing what to expect can help ease your anxiety before endoscopic radiofrequency ablation therapy (RF ablation).

Determining Who Is a Candidate for RF Ablation

Am I a Candidate for RFA to Treat Barrett's Esophagus?Before scheduling your endoscopic radiofrequency ablation therapy, our GI specialists will first determine if you are a good candidate for RF ablation. Research shows that, in patients with Barrett’s esophagus (either low-grade dysplasia or high-grade dysplasia), RF ablation offers a high success rate and few complications. For this reason, our GI experts often recommend radiofrequency ablation therapy as an alternative to esophagectomy and other treatments.

At this time, it is unclear whether RF ablation is better than regular endoscopic surveillance for patients with non-dysplastic Barrett’s. If you are suffering from Barrett’s disease and want to learn more about RFA, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation at our Los Angeles facility.

Preparing for Radiofrequency Ablation Therapy

Before you undergo RF ablation therapy, our highly skilled team of doctors and nurses will provide you with information about preparing for the procedure. Because the treatment is safer and more successful when the stomach is empty, you should not eat or drink for six hours prior to RF ablation. While you can continue to take most medications as normal, you should inform your doctor of all the drugs you are taking. You may need to stop taking blood thinners in the days leading up to your procedure.

You will undergo your RF ablation procedure at our outpatient facility in Los Angeles. On the day of your treatment, you will receive anesthesia and therefore experience little if any discomfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What medications must be stopped before radiofrequency ablation therapy?

A: Before undergoing RF ablation, you may need to stop taking Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, iron, and some other medications.

Q: Can I drink water on the day of the procedure?

A: You should avoid drinking more than a few sips of water in the six hours leading up to RF ablation.

Q: How long should I plan to spend at the Barrett’s Center on the day of my treatment?

A: Plan to be at the Barrett’s Esophagus Center for 3-4 hours.

Q: Do I need to plan for a driver to take me home?

A: Because you will be sedated during RF ablation, you should plan for a driver to take you home after treatment.

Q: How do I know if RF ablation is an option for me?

A: Schedule an appointment with our skilled GI specialists to determine if you are a candidate for radiofrequency ablation therapy.

Contact the Barrett’s Esophagus Center

When you schedule RF ablation therapy at the Barrett’s Center, you can count on our highly trained team to be with you every step of the way. Unlike large hospitals, our outpatient facility offers more personalized attention and care in a safe and controlled environment. If you have questions or concerns about an upcoming procedure, or if you want more information about RF ablation, feel free to call us at (888) 548-7614.

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