Up to 70% of GERD patients get relief from medication. Many have concerns about taking anti-reflux medications long-term and want to avoid surgery.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic condition where stomach contents reflux up from the stomach into the esophagus through the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Normally, the LES muscle acts as a barrier to reflux, letting food pass down into the stomach but not back up into the esophagus. When this muscle is weak, patients may experience symptoms of GERD, such as:
If left untreated, chronic GERD causes irritation of the esophagus that can result in inflammation (esophagitis), ulceration, and pain. If these conditions continue, there may be a risk of Barrett’s esophagus or esophageal cancer.
Stretta is a non-surgical outpatient procedure that takes 60 minutes or less. A Stretta catheter is advanced through the mouth and down to the LES (muscle between the stomach and esophagus). Once in place, it delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy to the muscle. This regenerates the tissue, resulting in improved barrier function that may prevent reflux and reduce GERD symptoms.
Clinical studies show a high rate of effectiveness and durability without the complication rates and costs of surgery, or reliance on long-term daily medications.*
*Clinical studies on file