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Barrett’s Esophagus Treatment

Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the cells that line the esophagus change. The precancerous condition develops as a result of chronic exposure of the esophagus to stomach acid, enzymes and bile (GERD/heartburn).

Sophisticated technology using radiofrequency ablation, which uses heat generated at a high frequency, removes diseased tissue while leaving healthy tissue unaffected.

How Barrett's Esophagus Treatment Is Performed

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Use our online referral form or call
602-943-1111 to request a referral to a John C. Lincoln physician who specializes in Barrett's esophagus treatment.

  • Because you'll receive a sedative and a painkiller (analgesic), you should feel no pain, and you won't remember the procedure. A local anesthetic may be sprayed into your mouth to prevent you from coughing or gagging when the endoscope is inserted. A mouth guard will be inserted to protect your teeth and the endoscope. Dentures must be removed.
  • In most cases, you'll receive medications through a needle (IV) in a vein in your arm. You'll be instructed to lie on your left side.

After the Sedatives Have Taken Effect

  • The doctor inserts the endoscope through your mouth into the esophagus. Air is put into the endoscope to make it easier for the doctor to see.
  • The doctor examines the lining of the esophagus on a screen as he or she controls the endoscope. Tissue samples that will be examined under a microscope can be taken through the endoscope.

After Treatment for Barrett's Esophagus Is Performed

Your physician will discuss your treatment plan, diet and medication.