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
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
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