Specialized HALO Procedure to Treat Barrett’s Esophagus Offered at Texas Health Cleburne

CLEBURNE, Texas — For years patients with Barrett’s esophagus were advised to either wait and watch to see if cancerous cells appeared or to undergo a highly specialized procedure that is only offered by a handful of gastroenterologists in North Texas. But this month, the American Gastroenterological Association recommended that certain individuals with Barrett’s esophagus seek treatment with the one of the Barrett’s eradication procedures rather than waiting for cancerous cells to develop.

Yevgeniy Ostrinsky, M.D.

Dr. Yevgeniy Ostrinsky, a gastroenterologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, is one of a few doctors in the area that can perform the HALO radio frequency ablation procedure. The next closest facility that offers the procedure is Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

Barrett’s esophagus is a condition where bile and stomach acid move into the esophageal lining and eventually turn the tissue of the esophagus into intestinal tissue. Patients with this condition are 200 times more likely to end up with esophageal cancer, which is often not able to be treated successfully.

“The HALO procedure is not something everyone will need in their life, unlike a colonoscopy, but for those patients with this condition it can be a life-saving procedure,” Ostrinsky said. “We continue to look at the science and outcomes and I’m pleased to see our professional organization recognizing the HALO procedure as a good option for patients with Barrett’s esophagus. I’ve seen good results with this procedure here in Cleburne.”

The HALO procedure heats the affected tissue to kill the abnormal cells and the healthy esophageal tissue grows in its place. Discomfort is typically mild and patients often can return to work the next day.

“We are thrilled to bring such specialized procedures to Johnson County and the surrounding communities,” said Blake Kretz, FACHE, hospital president. “Dr. Ostrinsky has brought a number of highly technical procedures to the hospital, to the benefit of our patients.”

For more information, visit www.texashealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.texashealth.org. Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.