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If you suffer from chronic heartburn and acid reflux, you may have what is known as Barrett’s esophagus. This condition can cause a wide range of symptoms, and patients have often been diagnosed with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) for years. Using radiofrequency ablation therapy, Dr. Michael Flicker, Dr. Carl Atallah and Dr. Daniel Berger can address the symptoms associated with this disorder.

What is Barrett’s esophagus?

Though its causes are unknown, this condition occurs when the stomach contents are continually regurgitated back into the esophagus. This damages the cells, causing symptoms similar to gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. In fact, the frequent heartburn, difficulty swallowing food and chest pain associated with Barrett’s esophagus is often misdiagnosed as GERD. The condition can slightly increase the risk of cancer within esophagus tissue. Some patients exhibit no symptoms at all, however certain conditions increase the likelihood that a patient will develop Barrett’s esophagus. These include:

  • Longstanding symptoms of GERD, such as acid reflux or heartburn
  • High body fat
  • Smoking

Older, Caucasian males are also more likely to develop this condition

How does radiofrequency ablation therapy help?

Radiofrequency ablation involves inserting a catheter into the esophagus. Attached to this thin tube is a small balloon with electrodes attached. These electrodes allow our gastroenterologists to eradicate the thin layers of tissue that cause Barrett’s esophagus.

To schedule a examination or treatment for Barrett’s esophagus, call Advanced G.I. LLC at 773-598-5588.