STRETTA PROCEDURE FOR CHRONIC HEARTBURN
Resolve Reflux. Reduce or Eliminate Meds. Avoid Invasive Surgery.
When symptoms of GERD persist despite medications, there is an option other than surgery.
Stretta is a unique and minimally invasive treatment for GERD that fills the gap when medications are ineffective and before invasive surgery or implants. In clinical trials evaluating the Stretta procedure,
up to 93% of patients were satisfied with the outcome of their Stretta Therapy and up to 86% of patients remained off daily GERD medications four years after their Stretta procedure*.
The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) recently published a Clinical Spotlight Review Guideline that strongly recommended Stretta for the treatment of GERD based on their peer reviewed analysis of the body of clinical evidence.
If you are a patient with GERD who has failed or is intolerant of drug therapy, and don’t wish to proceed with more invasive surgical treatments, ask your doctor if Stretta Therapy is right for you.
A Patient’s Guide to Stretta Therapy and Chronic GERD
A minimally invasive procedure that significantly reduces GERD symptoms, allowing a majority of patients to eliminate or significantly decrease use of PPIs. Stretta is an excellent option for patients that have failed or are intolerant of drug therapy, offering an alternative to invasive surgery or implants.
Stretta therapy is an outpatient procedure performed in approximately 60 minutes, allowing patients to return to normal activities the following day. The Stretta system delivers radiofrequency energy to the lower esophageal sphincter muscle (near where the stomach meets the esophagus) which remodels the tissue, resulting in improved barrier function and fewer random relaxations that cause GERD symptoms.
How Stretta Works:
What can patients expect in terms of improvements in GERD symptoms?
Every patient is different in their response to Stretta Therapy. Some patients see improvement more quickly than others, and studies show the symptoms may continually improve for six months or longer. Patients are advised to continue their previous anti-secretory regimen for two-months after Stretta, and follow a modified diet of full liquids for 24 hours and soft diet for two weeks.
Do patients experience pain after Stretta Therapy?
Patients may experience pain immediately after Stretta Therapy, which in most cases can be managed with OTC analgesia (liquid acetaminophen), or, in severe cases, prescription pain medication. Patient should crush all medications or use liquid medications for at least one month after treatment. Patient should refrain from using NSAIDS for two weeks after the Stretta procedure, and avoid any instrumentation of the esophagus for at least one month.
Do You Have Chronic GERD?
What Your Doctor Needs to Know.
1) How many days a week are you still experiencing GERD symptoms?
2) How severe are your symptoms? (1 = mild, 5 = moderate, 10 = severe)
3) What time of day do you typically experience GERD symptoms?
4) What over-the-counter or prescription medications do you take and at what dosage?
5) How does this persistence in GERD symptoms affect your quality of life? (1=mildly, 5=moderately, 10=severely)
Ask Your Doctor About Options.
1) Is it normal to still be experiencing my symptoms while taking this medication?
2) Will my GERD get better or worse with time? Are there complications that may develop?
3) I’ve heard there is some concern over adverse effects with long-term use of Proton Pump Inhibitor medications. What are the risks involved? Am I at risk?
4) What other treatments are available for GERD? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these treatments compared to my current treatment plan?
Is Stretta Therapy an option for me?