Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford Offers Procedure to Treat Barrett's Esophagus
07/12/2011

BEDFORD, Texas — Richland Hills resident Teresa Dudley suffered from acid reflux for most of her life. She had visited Dr. Jay Yepuri, a gastroenterologist on the medical staff of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurse-Euless-Bedford, to have a colonoscopy done. When she mentioned her frequent acid reflux, he suggested that they also check her esophagus for damage. Her upper endoscopy showed that she had a condition called Barrett’s Esophagus, something Dudley had never heard of.

“To my surprise, Barrett’s Esophagus can become cancerous,” said Dudley. “Both my parents died of cancer, so it was particularly distressing to hear that.”

Barrett’s Esophagus can develop when acid from the stomach damages the lining of the esophagus. Patients with this condition are 200 times more likely to develop esophageal cancer, which is often not detected until an advanced stage.

For years patients with Barrett’s Esophagus were advised to undergo frequent endoscopy to monitor for pre-cancerous changes. Recently, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) recommended that certain individuals undergo eradication of their Barrett’s Esophagus rather than waiting for cancerous cells to develop. One of the most successful procedures for eradication of Barrett’s Esophagus is the HALO RFA, now offered at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital HEB.

“Unlike a colonoscopy, the HALO procedure is not something that everyone will necessarily need,” said Yepuri. For those patients with Barrett’s Esophagus, however, it can be a life-saving procedure. We continue to look at the science and outcomes and I’m pleased that the AGA recognizes the HALO procedure as a good option for patients with Barrett’s Esophagus. I’ve seen excellent results with this procedure here in the HEB area.”

HALO RFA heats the Barrett’s Esophagus to kill the abnormal cells. Normal, healthy esophageal lining grows in its place. Discomfort is typically mild and patients often can return to work the next day.

After her procedure, Dudley was relieved.

“Just the peace of mind knowing that I took a preventive step toward avoiding cancer was worth it,” she said. “I slept through the procedure and had only mild discomfort for only a day or so afterwards. I’m glad I did it.”

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a 296-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. The hospital’s services include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, cardiac rehabilitation and psychiatric and addiction treatment. Texas Health HEB is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/HEB.

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 TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.