Those who live with acid reflux may experience recurring pain and discomfort, impeding their quality of life. Luckily, there are a number of advanced reflux treatments that can provide lasting relief. At IBI Healthcare Institute, we offer Stretta as one example, which pleases us.
If you’ve struggled with the effects of acid reflux, we invite you to learn more about what this procedure is, how it works, and whether you might be a qualified candidate. To schedule a consultation with one of our providers, please contact the offices of IBI Healthcare Institute today.
What is Stretta?
Stretta attracts patients for the main reason that it offers a completely non-invasive procedure; it does not require surgical incision and it does not leave any scarring. Doctors perform the entire procedure endoscopically using radiofrequency (RF) energy. This RF energy is targeted to the gastroesophageal junction, which is the area where the esophagus connects to the stomach.
The RF energy actually injures the tissue in a carefully controlled way. This stimulates your body’s natural healing abilities, strengthening the esophageal sphincter and inhibiting the reflux of gastric acids.
Researchers have proven that Stretta is a safe, effective, and long-lasting remedy for individuals dealing with acid reflux.
Common Questions About Stretta Procedure
Patients often ask us how we perform the Stretta procedure. We generally perform it under twilight sedation, using a very thin camera that goes down to the stomach through the throat.
The Stretta procedure is an outpatient treatment, meaning you can recover at home within hours. Importantly, there is no hospitalization required, making it convenient for patients. Additionally, the recovery time is brief, further contributing to its appeal. In fact, most patients can confidently resume their normal day-to-day activities just one day after undergoing the Stretta procedure.
While Stretta does not technically “cure” acid reflux, it can reduce the symptoms significantly. Indeed, between 70 and 80 percent of those who have Stretta performed report a drastic reduction in their experience of reflux and its related pain and discomfort. What’s more, the effects of Stretta are generally long-lasting.
Firstly, any time you undergo a procedure, it is wise to inquire about the risks. Moreover, there have been no reported deaths or major complications associated with Stretta, indicating its high level of safety. Finally, in rare cases, it may result in minor bruising in the esophagus or stomach.
Are You Qualified for Stretta Procedure?
So, are you an candidate to have Stretta performed? At IBI Healthcare Institute, we will recommend this procedure for anyone who meets these criteria:
- You have been diagnosed with GERD or acid reflux.
- You take medication for reflux but would like a more lasting remedy.
- You’re seeking a treatment that doesn’t require surgical incision or leave scarring.
- You are generally in good health and don’t have any medical conditions that would impede the healing process.
If you’d like to learn more about how Stretta works, or to find out whether you’re a candidate, please contact IBI Healthcare Institute directly.