What should I expect during esophageal ablation treatments?

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Barrett's esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition affecting the lining of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). Ablation (or coagulation) is a technique where tissue is heated until unwanted cells lining the esophagus are destroyed.

Treatment of Barrett's esophagus using ablation usually takes place over several sessions and follow-up visits.

In the first treatment, the entire area in the esophagus that is affected will be treated. This is called a circumferential treatment. Depending on how much area of the esophagus is involved, there may be more than one circumferential treatment needed.

Follow-up treatments are needed to ensure that all areas of Barrett's esophagus have been treated. During the follow-up treatment, you only may need "spot" treatment of abnormal tissue areas still present.

Usually, the first follow-up treatment is needed within six to eight weeks of the first treatment. Depending on the nature of the Barrett's, you may need multiple spot treatments.

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