When the muscle between your stomach and oesophagus is weak, stomach contents like acid or bile can reflux up into your oesophagus causing GORD symptoms.
Treatment options for GORD often depend on the severity of the condition and may include the following:
Changes in lifestyle may relieve GORD symptoms in some patients.
These medications provide symptomatic relief but are generally required for the lifetime of the patient.
The following drugs work by decreasing acid production:
This surgery involves wrapping the stomach around the oesophagus to improve the barrier function of the lower oesophageal sphincter.
Stretta is an effective outpatient procedure for patients who prefer a non-surgical, minimally invasive option:
For those who suffer from chronic heartburn and are considering a surgical intervention, Stretta may be an optimal and less invasive option.
Stretta is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that treats the underlying cause of GORD – a weak muscle between the stomach and oesophagus.
Stretta has been shown to:
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Stretta Therapy is a non-surgical, minimally invasive outpatient procedure that takes approximately 45 minutes to perform. Patients are sedated and the Stretta Catheter is passed through the mouth so there are no visible cuts or scars as a result of the procedure. Patients typically can go home 1 – 2 hours after the procedure. Most patients are able to return to work and their normal activities the day after treatment so there is minimal interruption to everyday life.
The Physician places the Stretta catheter through patient’s mouth and into the valve between the stomach and oesophagus. Radiofrequency energy is delivered at multiple levels to the muscle of the lower oesophageal sphincter and stimulates the muscle to grow over time* resulting in a thicker muscle, improved barrier function and prevention of all types of reflux events (acid, bile, etc.)
*Herman, et al. Colorectal Disease: May 2015 – 17:433-440
Radiofrequency energy is widely used in healthcare:
Animal studies show that the technology used in Stretta may increase smooth muscle and improve collagen in the treatment zone.* *Herman, et al. Colorectal Disease: May 2015 – 17:433-440
Stretta treatment has been widely studied:
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Continue taking your acid controlling medications until instructed by your physician (at least 2-months after Stretta)
The Stretta treatment is suitable for patients who: