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Stretta Therapy is a minimally invasive, endoscopic procedure that reduces GERD symptoms, allowing most patients to eliminate or significantly decrease use of anti-reflux medication. Stretta is an outpatient procedure performed in less than 60 minutes, allowing patients to return to normal activities the following day.
The Stretta system delivers low power, low temperature radiofrequency (RF) energy to the lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS) muscle and upper part of the stomach. This energy remodels the tissue, resulting in improved barrier function and fewer random relaxations that cause reflux symptoms. Stretta treats the functional problem that may cause GERD: a deficient sphincter muscle.
RF energy may thicken the musculature and increase the size and amount of smooth muscle fibres in the treatment zone. The result is a measurable strengthening of the LOS. Studies show this effect may repair the deficient sphincter and restore the natural barrier function of the Oesophageal Gastric Junction (OEJ).
The Stretta procedure is done under sedation or general anaesthetic and is painless. The patient will need to be observed for a couple of hours after the procedure until the sedative has worn off but then will be free to leave.
Stretta is an endoscopic procedure and so less invasive than surgery.
Stretta has been proven safe and effective in more than 60 clinical studies and 25,000 procedures. Studies show that about half of patients experience symptom in the years after the procedure.
No. If you have a hiatus hernia Stretta is unlikely to work.
At RefluxUK we are experts at diagnosing and treating reflux symptoms. We use state of the art diagnostics and a multidisciplinary team approach to make sure that you know exactly what’s causing your symptoms and we will then discuss with you the treatment options. If you’re suitable for Stretta then we will arrange treatment for you with one of our expert doctors.