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For those with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who experience gastric acid moving upward from the stomach, inflaming the esophagus, it's not only painful, but can lead to other serious health problems. Untreated GERD can cause the lower portion of the digestive pathway to narrow, bleed and even change from esophagus tissue to intestinal tissue. This change, called intestinal metaplasia or Barrett's esophagus, can lead to cancer.
Specialists on staff at St. Anthony Hospital are now able to remove the pre-cancerous tissue nonsurgically so that a normal esophagus lining can be re-established. The innovative method-called the BarrX
HALO procedure uses radiofrequency ablation delivered directly to the precancerous area by endoscope. The radiofrequency waves "superheat" the abnormal cells, causing them to die and slough off.
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