To treat Barrett's Esophagus, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is pleased to inform you that a new, FDA-approved, non-surgical procedure is now performed on site.

What is Barrett's Esophagus?
Barrett's Esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition affecting the lining of the esophagus (the swallowing tube that carries food and liquid from your mouth to your stomach).

According to the American Gastroenterological Association, 3.3 million adults in the United States are affected by Barrett's Esophagus. Left untreated, Barrett's Esophagus can lead to esophageal adenocarcinoma, which has the fastest growing incidence rate of all cancers in the United States.

What is the treatment procedure and how does it work?
The new procedure available at Texas Health HEB may be an alternative to "watchful waiting" for people who have a long segment of Barrett's Esophagus or those who have Barrett's Esophagus with low-grade dysplasia (LGD) or high-grade dysplasia (HGD) and whose disease has not yet advanced to the point where surgery is required.

For people who are candidates, the procedure may reduce the risk of progression to more advanced disease and reduce anxiety caused from living with a premalignant condition.

The non-surgical procedure involves an upper endoscopy with the addition of a step to remove (or ablate) the Barrett's tissue. "Ablation" is a technique where tissue is heated until it's no longer alive. Once the diseased tissue has been ablated and removed, the re-growth of normal cells can occur.

This is an outpatient procedure with no incisions involved and is performed under conscious sedation.

How do I find out if I should consider it?
If you are suffering from chronic heartburn or GERD and have not found adequate relief from medical therapy, you may be a candidate for the ablation procedure.

Talk with your primary care physician, and then ask for a referral to a gastroenterologist on the medical staff at Texas Health HEB.

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