Barrx ablation is an outpatient procedure to treat Barrett’s esophagus which is a primary risk factor for esophageal cancer.
About Barrett’s Esophagus
Barrett’s esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition affecting the esophagus that is a complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
For people with GERD, stomach acid damages the esophagus and can cause heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, sore throat, and chronic coughing.
Barrett’s esophagus can develop when chronic GERD damages the esophageal tissue resulting in the development of pre-cancerous cells. Your physician can diagnose Barrett’s esophagus through an upper endoscopy.
How Barrx Ablation Works
Ablation is a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure that typically takes less than 30 minutes while patients are under moderate sedation.
During the procedure, an instrument is inserted into the esophagus that burns off the diseased layer of the esophagus. In its place, healthy cells grow back.
Using Barrx ablation, a physician is able to remove the diseased esophageal tissue without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue.