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What is Stretta Therapy?
Stretta Therapy is an excellent option for patients that have failed or are intolerant of drug therapy, offering an alternative to invasive surgery or georighn implants. It is a minimally invasive procedure that significantly reduces GERD symptoms, allowing a majority of patients to eliminate or significantly decrease the use of PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors).
Stretta Therapy is an outpatient procedure performed in 60 minutes or less. The Stretta system delivers radiofrequency energy to the LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter), which regenerates the muscle tissue, resulting in improved function and fewer of the random relaxations that cause GERD symptoms. Because Stretta doesn’t alter the anatomy or introduce a foreign implant, it can be utilized in a variety of patient groups and doesn’t preclude other treatment options.
What Are the Advantages of Stretta?
Stretta Therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that helps prevent acid reflux. Pervasive acid reflux or GERD can cause a range of symptoms and complications such as; persistent heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, asthma, laryngitis, tissues damage leading to Barret’s Esophagus or esophageal cancer.
Stretta Therapy helps regenerate thicker muscle in your esophagus to prevent reflux.
What are the risks of Stretta?
Some possible risks include:
- adverse reaction to anesthesia
- erosive esophagitis, or irritation of the throat from the Stretta tube
- esophageal perforation, or injury to the throat from the Stretta tube
- gastroparesis, or food remaining in the stomach too long
gas and bloating