John M. Wo, M.D., Director of UofL’s Swallowing and Motility Center, is serving as the principal investigator in the study – Endoscopic Delivery of Energy to the Gastric Cardia for the Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
…Studies to date have demonstrated the Stretta Procedure offers patients safe treatment for GERD. During the procedure, tissue temperature is regulated by a computer-controlled system. Cool water flows through irrigation ports to protect the lining of the esophagus and stomach. Also, the catheter is specially designed to insert the needles into the muscle layer at a safe depth and angle.
More than 70 patients are participating in sites around the country with several patients already enrolled in the study at UofL Health Care. It is recommended that all candidates be evaluated and diagnosed for GERD, which can be done at Norton Healthcare Heartburn and Swallowing Center, prior to participation.
On April 18, 2000, FDA cleared Curon Medical, Inc.’s CSM Stretta System (FDA #K000245). This system is for use in the electrosurgical coagulation of tissue and intended for use specifically in the treatment of GERD.
The Stretta Procedure was developed as an alternative treatment for patients with GERD, whose current options are lifetime drug therapy or surgery. The procedure takes less than an hour and is performed under conscious sedation on an outpatient basis. Patients go home after a few hours and return to normal activity the following day.
If you are having heartburn more than twice a week, Always!! See your doctor. Make an appointment today.
The American College of Gastroenterology estimates that more than 60 million Americans suffer heartburn at least once a month, and that more than 15 million Americans have the symptoms every day. If the heartburn is severe, or if it happens at least twice a week, you may have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, a serious disorder that can lead to esophageal cancer.
Scientists believe GERD develops when the muscular valve at the lower end of the esophagus, where it connects to the stomach, malfunctions. The muscle relaxes too often and too easily, allowing stomach acid to flow up into the esophagus. Typically, GERD is treated with behavior modifications such as weight loss and dietary changes, antacids and other medications, and surgery.