Stretta® for GERD

Procedure Questions

What is Stretta®?

Stretta® is an outpatient procedure that offers a highly effective treatment for the underlying cause of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Stretta uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to remodel tissue in the esophagus, effectively reducing reflux episodes.

RF is an electrosurgery, or the heating of tissue by delivering a monopolar electric current. It is not cautery, ionizing radiation, nor an implant. It does not promote cancer in treated tissue.

Procedure Bullet Points

Stretta®:

  • Effectively treats GERD
  • Is minimally invasive
  • Takes about 1 hour
  • Is an outpatient procedure

Your doctor will perform the Stretta procedure as part of an upper endoscopy. During the endoscopy a precision catheter will be used to deliver RF energy to the lower esophageal sphincter and the gastric cardia.

This remodels the surrounding tissue and effectively reduces reflux episodes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should look into Stretta if you suffer from GERD and symptoms are not relieved with medication or medications are not a viable option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your doctor will give you instructions to prepare for the procedure. Most likely, you will be asked to fast for at least 4-8 hours beforehand to ensure an empty stomach.

 

Inform your doctor of:

  • Any medication that you take regularly, especially;
    • aspirin products
    • arthritis medications
    • blood thinners (such as Warfarin or Heparin)
    • Clopidogrel
    • insulin
  • Any known allergies to medication
  • Any medical conditions that will require special attention, such as;
    • diabetes
    • heart conditions
    • lung conditions
    • any other major conditions

 

You’ll need to plan for a ride home from the office as it is not advised for patients to drive for the remainder of the day due to effects from the medication.

It’s important to follow all of your doctor’s instructions.

 

 

You’ll be asked to lay down.

You may be given:

  • A sedative to help you relax
  • A local anesthetic to numb your throat
  • A mouth guard to wear and hold open your mouth

 

Your doctor will ask you to swallow as the endoscope is worked down your esophagus. You won’t be able to speak while the endoscopy is in progress, but you will be able to breathe and make noises.

 

You might feel:

  • Pressure in the throat and abdomen
  • A feeling of fullness as air is fed into the GI tract

 

You shouldn’t feel any pain.

 

 

You’ll be taken to a room to rest after the procedure where you’ll be monitored until your sedatives begin to wear off.

Once home, You may feel:

  • Bloated
  • Gas
  • Cramps
  • Sore Throat

 

You should take it easy for the rest of the day after your endoscopy and Stretta® procedure. You should have a ride prepared as the sedatives may impair your judgement.

Most patients go home approximately 1-2 hours after the procedure and typically resume normal activities the following day.

 

 

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