What is the Stretta Procedure? Many patients worldwide suffer from gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and it’s side effects. The Stretta Procedure is a new, non-surgical treatment for GERD that can alleviate the need for treatment with medications.
With several recent studies showing that PPI’s such as omeprazole (also Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix, & Prevacid) causing an alarming rise 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.
The Stretta Procedure is a minimally invasive outpatient 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.
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 with any new technology, there will be many challenges to overcome with regards to insurance coverage. 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.
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