Chronic reflux or GORD can usually be treated without surgery or other procedures. However, if your symptoms haven’t responded to dietary changes and medication, it may be time to consider the alternatives for acid reflux treatment. One of the latest options is Stretta Therapy, which is a non-surgical procedure that can treat the cause of GORD. It has proven effective for many patients affected by chronic acid reflux.
What is Stretta Therapy?
Stretta Therapy is a procedure that can relieve chronic reflux by treating the underlying cause. GORD is often happens because the muscle that closes the top of the stomach is weakened. Stomach acid is able to leak up through this weak valve into the oesophagus, where it causes heartburn. Stretta therapy uses radiofrequency or RF treatment to reshape this valve. Similar techniques have been used in other parts of the body to tackle problems such as heart conditions for many years, so it is very well understood. It can be a very effective option for acid reflux treatment and it can help you to avoid having surgery.
How it Works
The Stretta procedure directs radiofrequency energy onto the valve in order to reshape the muscle. The valve can be strengthened by this remodelling so that it becomes better at keeping the acid in your stomach. You should experience less frequent reflux after the treatment, so you won’t need to take medication as often. You might even be able to give up your medication altogether.
The simple, minimally invasive procedure can be performed in less than an hour. It doesn’t require any surgical incisions or stitches and you won’t be left with any implants, as you would for many surgical acid reflux treatments. You will be able to return to your usual routine the next day.