HALO Ablation Treatment for Barrett’s Esophagus
Barrett’s esophagus is a condition that develops in people with untreated acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The acid damages the cells of the esophagus, causing the smooth pink tube to become thickened and irritated. People with Barrett’s esophagus have an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. HALO ablation has proved to be an extremely successful treatment for the Barrett’s esophagus.
How Do I Know If I Have Barrett’s Esophagus?
It is possible to have Barrett’s esophagus and not experience symptoms of acid reflux. The symptoms of Barrett’s esophagus may include heartburn, difficult swallowing, and regurgitation. Some people also experience stomach pain. Severe symptoms that require the urgent attention of a physician include vomiting blood, severe chest pain, difficulty swallowing, and unintentional weight loss. If you have acid reflux or GERD, or believe you might have Barrett’s esophagus, make an appointment with Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston.
Treatment for Barrett’s Esophagus?
If your doctor determines that you have Barrett’s esophagus, the treatment you receive will depend on the severity of the disease, which is measured by the level of dysplasia. In some cases, treatment will be medication and lifestyle changes. You may require periodic endoscopies to monitor the condition. If the condition is severe, radiofrequency ablation may be considered.
HALO Ablation Treatment
HALO ablation, or radiofrequency ablation, is a treatment option for patients who suffer from Barrett’s esophagus. HALO ablation uses radio waves to generate heat and destroy the abnormal cells, leaving healthy tissue. During HALO ablation, one of our experienced providers will place a small balloon containing electromagnetic coils in your esophagus. Then, energy is passed through these coils, causing the abnormal tissues on the surface of your esophagus to burn. This kills the abnormal cells but is not strong enough to kill the healthy tissues beneath the surface.
If you are suffering from a digestive issue, visit Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition services for patients in North Houston and the surrounding areas. We believe quality care begins with a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating both minor and chronic GI conditions. Schedule an appointment at our practice today by calling 832.912.4481 or fill out the form on this page.