What is the Stretta procedure for treating heartburn and GERD?
The Stretta procedure for heartburn and GERD is a minimally invasive method that utilizes radiofrequency energy to heal the lower esophageal sphincter. In this video, surgery specialist James Rosser Jr., MD, explains how this procedure works.
We deploy these little prongs and pins there and apply radiofrequency energy.
Now, what happens there is that it causes this trapdoor, or the lower esophageal sphincter, to bulk up.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Now, this new procedure, the Stretta procedure,
is a new therapy. I call it a tweener procedure. It's between medicine and invasive surgery.
And after you have properly worked up and it's determined that you're a candidate, many of you can use this procedure to win your war on heartburn
and get rid of that chronic problem. Also, if you're tired of these medicines or you have complications from these medicines
and don't want to quite go the route of invasive surgery, the Stretta procedure could be a procedure for you.
Now, this procedure actually is a minimally invasive procedure. And there is no incisions.
And what you actually have with the Stretta procedure is that you go in a light anesthesia. You put down the laparoscope.
And when we find the source of the problem, which is that lower esophageal sphincter, that trapdoor between the esophagus and the stomach,
well, that's the problem. It's weak. We deploy these little prongs and pins there and apply radiofrequency energy.
Now, what happens there is that it causes this trapdoor, or the lower esophageal sphincter, to bulk up and helps it to do its job so that it
can prevent acid in your stomach from going into your esophagus. And it turns that two-way street into a one-way street,
like God meant it to be. [AUDIO LOGO]
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