At the Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence, we offer the most cutting-edge technology in Barrett’s esophagus treatment in LA. Our Los Angeles gastroenterologists (GI doctors) attended some of the top medical training programs in the country, and they specialize in the treatment of Barrett’s esophagus with a minimally invasive treatment known as radiofrequency ablation therapy (RFA).
What Is Barrett’s Esophagus?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a severe form of acid reflux and heartburn that can be debilitating and can interfere with your everyday life. When you have GERD, you become more susceptible to developing Barrett’s esophagus, which is a more serious condition.
Barrett’s esophagus symptoms include severe acid reflux or discomfort swallowing food, and if left untreated, can become a major esophageal cancer cause. So it is important to see a GI doctor right away if you are experiencing these symptoms. One of our board-certified Barrett’s esophagus specialists can diagnose your condition by performing an upper endoscopy, which thoroughly examines the esophagus for any damage.
It is important to treat GERD before it becomes Barrett’s esophagus, as this can help prevent esophageal cancer. If you are interested in learning about Barrett’s treatment in LA, please don’t hesitate to contact a gastroenterologist at our outpatient surgery center.
What Is Esophageal Cancer?
Esophageal cancer is especially deadly because it tends to be asymptomatic in its early stages. So, preventative treatment is crucial whenever possible. Symptoms of esophageal cancer typically include:
- Chest pain and heartburn
- Trouble swallowing
- Regurgitating food
- Rapid weight loss
- Vomiting blood
If you have any of these symptoms or chronic acid reflux, or have been diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus, you may be more at risk for developing esophageal cancer, and could be a candidate for radiofrequency ablation therapy.
What Is Radiofrequency Ablation Therapy?
Radiofrequency ablation therapy (RFA), also known as endoscopic ablation, is an endoscopic procedure for removing damaged tissue in the esophagus to treat Barrett’s. This process allows for the healthy tissue to grow back, helping to prevent future damage from occurring in the esophagus.
Though RFA is not a new procedure, our board-certified Barrett’s esophagus specialists use an innovative tool called the HALO system to perform the procedure with better control and precision in removing the damaged tissue, without injuring the surrounding healthy tissue.
To find out if you are a candidate for RFA treatment, please contact the world-class gastroenterologists at the Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence.
Contact a Los Angeles Barrett’s Esophagus Specialist
Barrett’s esophagus can prevent you from living your life to the fullest, so if you have or believe you may have Barrett’s, it is important to seek treatment right away. Leaving Barrett’s untreated increases your chances of developing esophageal cancer, which is more complicated to treat.
There are preventative steps you can take to decrease your risk for developing esophageal cancer. Schedule a consultation at the Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence today to find out if you have Barrett’s and if you are a candidate for RFA treatment in Los Angeles. To speak with one of our top gastroenterologists, please fill out our online contact form or call (888) 548-7614.
Next, read about recovery from RFA treatment.