In the past, people with Barrett’s esophagus were often told to “wait and see” while doctors monitored their condition. However, new technologies offer exciting options for treating Barrett’s esophagus. La Peer Health Systems’ Barrett’s Center of Excellence is proud to provide endoscopic radiofrequency ablation therapy (RFA) using the HALO System as a method of treating Barrett’s esophagus. If you’re interested in undergoing this procedure at our safe, outpatient facility, or if you want to learn more about RFA, don’t hesitate to call us at (888) 548-7614.
About Radiofrequency Ablation Therapy
While ablation therapy is not a new procedure for treating Barrett’s esophagus, the HALO System provides our surgeons with greater control and precision in removing injured tissue without damaging nearby healthy tissue.
Prior to the procedure, you will receive anesthesia to ensure you experience no discomfort. With the aid of an upper endoscope, the board-certified doctors at the Barrett’s Center will advance a Halo Ablative Catheter through the mouth and apply ablative energy on the pre-cancerous esophageal tissue. Once the damaged tissue has been destroyed, healthy tissue can grow back. Performed on an outpatient basis at our newly remodeled facility in Los Angeles, the procedure lasts about 30 minutes and requires no surgery or incisions.
After Radiofrequency Ablation Therapy
Patients typically resume normal activities the day after undergoing RFA, though some individuals experience discomfort when swallowing for a few days. Patients are required to remain on antacid medications for several weeks following the procedure. Research shows that endoscopic RFA can actually help prevent patients from developing a fast-growing form of cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long does it take to recover after undergoing RFA?
A: Although RFA takes just thirty minutes, you will likely spend an hour or two recovering at our Los Angeles facility. You will be free to leave the facility once the sedation wears off. Most patients resume normal activity shortly after undergoing RFA.
Q: Will I be able to eat after the procedure?
A: After undergoing RFA, you will progress from a liquid diet to one including soft foods. You should be able to eat normally within a few days of having the procedure.
Q: What are the dangers associated with RFA?
A: RFA is generally considered a safe procedure for treating Barrett’s esophagus. However, in rare cases, the following complications have occurred: narrowing of the esophagus, bleeding, infection and perforation of the esophagus or stomach.
Q: How successful is RFA at curing Barrett’s esophagus?
A: Medical literature reports published cure rates of 77-100%.
Q: Who is a good candidate for RFA?
A: If you have been diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus, you may be a good candidate for RFA. Talk to one of our GI specialists for more information.
Next, read about Before RFA Therapy.
Contact the Barrett’s Center of Excellence
At the Barrett’s Center of Excellence, our unique structure enables us to offer quality, personalized care in a secure and controlled setting. With world-renowned doctors from the the nation’s top medical schools, we provide a number of state-of-the-art treatments for Barrett’s disease. If you’re concerned about Barrett’s esophagus, or if you want to learn more about this potentially life-saving procedure, schedule a consultation with our experts at (888) 548-7614.
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Next, read about preparing for RFA.