The Stretta Procedure

The Stretta System consists of the Stretta Catheter, which is a disposable, flexible catheter with needle electrodes, and the Curon Control Module.Using these devices, the physician delivers precisely controlled radiofrequency energy to create thermal lesions in the muscle of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The Stretta Procedure is performed under conscious sedation by gastroenterologists in the endoscopy suite. The Stretta catheter is inserted down the patient´s throat to the junction of the esophagus and stomach (GE junction). A balloon is inflated and needle electrodes are deployed from a basket surrounding the balloon into the tissue. Radiofrequency (RF) energy is directed from the control module through the electrodes to create thermal lesions in the vicinity of the LES. When the lesions heal, the barrier function of the LES is improved, resulting in a dramatic reduction in GERD symptoms.

The Stretta System

Step 1:
The physician places the catheter through the mouth and into the valve between the stomach and esophagus. The electrodes are placed into the tissue and radiofrequency energy is delivered to create well-defined areas of coagulation around the electrodes. Water delivered through ports in the catheter irrigates the surface mucosa during treatment. The device monitors temperature readings to assure safety and precise control during treatment.

Step 2:
The physician repeats this sequence along the length of the gastroesophageal junction.

Step 3:
Over the next few weeks, the coagulated tissue resorbs and shrinks, increasing resistance to reflux.

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