Treatment for Barrett’s Esophagus
Barrett’s esophagus is a condition when the normal cells in the lower esophagus (food pipe) have been transformed into cells of the intestinal lining. This usually results from years of damage from acid reflux. Barrett’s esophagus is pre-malignant and increases the risk of having esophageal cancer.
There are many ways to treat Barrett’s esophagus, including endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA).
Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)
Endoscopic mucosal resection or EMR uses an upper endoscope and special tools to cut out and remove the abnormal looking portion of the esophagus that may become esophageal cancer. This procedure is a treatment option for Barrett’s esophagus.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
Radiofrequency ablation RFA uses heat produced from high energy radiofrequency waves delivered to the lining of the esophagus using a special catheter to destroy cancerous or pre-cancerous cells. The special catheter is inserted into the esophagus using an upper endoscope. This is a treatment option for the condition, Barrett’s esophagus.