GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a chronic condition that affects millions of Americans. Effective medications, called “proton pump inhibitors” (Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix, Prevacid, etc.) were developed years ago and drastically reduce the symptoms of GERD. These drugs have been the mainstay of treatment for this problem for over a decade. The problem is that many recent studies show long-term use of these drugs can cause:
- increased risks of heart attacks
- increased risks of kidney failure
- increased risks of hip fractures
- increased risks of dementia
- increased risks of certain types of gastric cancers
- increased risks of clostridium difficile infection
Fortunately we offer 2 minimally invasive options for the treatment of GERD, which could potentially render you free of medication!
These procedures can be done in an outpatient setting, with low risk and minimally recovery time. Our experienced team at Metabolic Weight Loss Centers and JourneyLite can solve your GERD issues!
What is Stretta therapy? Many patients worldwide suffer from gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and it’s side effects. Stretta is a new, non-surgical treatment for GERD that can alleviate the need for treatment with medications.
With the publication of several recent studies showing that PPI’s such as omeprazole causing an alarming increase in kidney and heart issues, patients are looking for alternative treatments that do not require the use of these potentially harmful medications.
Fortunately, there is a new cutting-edge treatment available for treatment of GERD in the US known as The Stretta Procedure. Dr. Tracy Pitt and Dr. Steve Udelhofen offer this therapy to patients at JourneyLite.
Stretta therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that significantly reduces GERD symptoms, allowing the many of patients to eliminate or largely decrease use of medications. Stretta is an outpatient procedure performed in less than 60 minutes, allowing patients to return to normal activities the following day. Stretta doesn’t require any incisions, stitches or implants.
How Stretta Works
The Stretta system delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy to the muscle between the stomach and esophagus, which remodels and improves the muscle tissue, resulting in improved barrier function and fewer reflux events. Stretta treats the underlying problem that may cause GERD without surgery.
Stretta Therapy for Treatment of GERD[/caption] RF energy is an energy waveform which is used in many medical specialties:
- Cardiologists use RF to stop dangerous heart rhythms
- Urologists use RF for treating prostate enlargement
- Ear, nose, and throat specialists use RF to eliminate snoring and sleep apnea
- RF is used in cosmetic procedures for body contouring, skin rejuvenation and tightening
This treatment was also recently reviewed on “The Doctors”, which you can see here:
As we are implementing this new technology, there will be many challenges to overcome with regards to insurance coverage (which is especially challenging in the state of Ohio). While we are working towards this goal, we have established a self-pay price to perform these procedures at JourneyLite ($4,999.00*) for those who may be interested in having this done as soon as possible. If you are interested in utilizing insurance, we can provide more information and help to get this process underway. For more info on Stretta go to www.stretta-therapy.com *Price as of 3/1/2016, subject to change.
Lap Nissen is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that involves repairing any hiatal hernia, then “wrapping” the upper part of the stomach around the end of the esophagus to make a valve that will still let food go through, but prevents acid from refluxing up.
This procedure takes roughly 90 minutes and can be done as an outpatient. Unlike Stretta therapy, Lap Nissen may be covered by insurance. There are many long-term studies on the results of Lap Nissen showing significant reduction in GERD symptoms and need for long-term medications.