What is Barrx RFA Therapy?
Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which the esophagus becomes damaged and inflamed by acid reflux. It is associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer, which is why it is important for these patients to undergo regular checkups, imaging tests and biopsies to check for the presence of precancerous cells. In cases where precancerous cells are identified, the Barrx RFA therapy is a treatment option.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses heat to remove precancerous tissue damaged by Barrett’s esophagus. The Barrx radiofrequency ablation system technology is designed for the removal of tissue affected by Barrett’s, while preserving the underlying healthy tissue. As the esophagus heals, healthy squamous cells replace the unhealthy cells, helping to prevent progression toward cancer.
How is Barrx RFA Therapy Performed?
This procedure is typically performed under sedation to ensure your comfort. An endoscope with a needle-like probe will be inserted into the body, and radiofrequency waves will be sent out, causing nearby cells to die. The immune system will naturally remove these dead cells. This treatment typically takes 30 minutes to complete, though may be longer depending on the specific case.
Some patients may need 2-3 treatment sessions over the course of 4-12 months depending on the size of the affected area.
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Following Barrx RFA Therapy
After your Barrx RFA procedure, you may experience mild discomfort, which can be treated with prescription medication, if needed. You will be free to return home following treatment, and most people can return to their normal activities within 24 hours. If you have any questions or concerns regarding recovery from this procedure, do not hesitate to reach out to our office.
How Do I Prepare for My Procedure?
Your doctor will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for your Barrx procedure. Patients can generally expect to follow these steps:
- Avoid eating or drinking after midnight on the day before your procedure.
- Be sure to have someone available to drive you home following your procedure.
- Reach out to your primary care doctor for instructions regarding blood-thinning medications.
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