WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION?
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.
What is GERD?
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:
- Persistent heartburn
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
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.
How is GERD Treated?
- Lifestyle and diet changes
- Medications (PPIs)
- Non-Surgical endoscopic therapy (Stretta)
- Anti-reflux surgery
If medications are not controlling your reflux or you are tired of taking pills everyday…what’s next?
Stretta, A Versatile Option For GERD Patients:
- who are not getting complete relief from medication or longterm medication is not desirable, and want to avoid surgery.
- who have had anti-reflux or bariatric surgery, still have GERD and want to avoid additional surgery.
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.
How Stretta Works:
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
Stretta Therapy Testimonial
“Dr. Cunningham is truly one-of-a-kind! In addition to his superb and caring bedside manner, he is more than in tune with his profession. I had the Stretta procedure two years ago – the best decision ever. I highly recommend Dr. Cunningham!” -Jaymie