The sensitive tissue that lines the esophagus is not meant to be exposed to the harsh acids of the stomach that occurs during acid reflux. Over time that acid can cause scarring and actual cellular changes to the esophagus. This condition is known as Barrett’s Esophagus.
A small percentage of people who develop Barrett’s Esophagus will go on to develop esophageal cancer. Because of this risk you should not self diagnose and self treat your chronic heartburn. Seeking help from a board certified gastroenterologist will allow your condition to be clinically assessed and the levels of damage and risk can be determined.
One of the treatments for Barrett’s Esophagus that is offered by Dr. Sameer Islam is the Halo RFA treatment.
What is RFA? RFA stands for radio frequency ablation. It uses radio waves to kill the precancerous areas in the esophagus while minimizing damage to the still healthy tissue. Dr. Islam will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure and will explain the process in greater detail and answer your questions.
During the procedure you will be sedated so it is important to follow the instructions provided by the office staff concerning eating, drinking, and driving both before and after your procedure.