Minimally invasive Stretta® therapy is an effective non-surgical option for individuals where long-term medication therapy is not an option and/or traditional surgical interventions are not desired or possible due to comorbid conditions. Stretta® is an effective and minimally invasive procedure that improves the function of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and improves the symptoms of GERD. Stretta® is an outpatient procedure that is performed in less than 60 minutes. Patients may experience pain directly after Stretta® Therapy, and most patients return to normal activities the next day. Stretta® can have significantly lower complication rate compared to reflux surgery, making it a good option for patients who are not responding well to medical therapy and where traditional reflux surgery is not an option. Studies show that 90% of Stretta® patients are satisfied with their treatment and that improvement in symptoms is sustained for up to 4-10 years. These satisfied patients report improvements in quality of life and many are able to discontinue medications.
The Stretta® Procedure delivers radiofrequency to the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) through the mouth, via a catheter that delivers a controlled multi-level treatment. This multilevel treatment remodels and improves the structure of the LES muscle and helps reinforce barrier function allowing GERD symptoms to be significantly improved. Patients are advised to stay on an anti-secretory medication regimen for 2 months following the Stretta procedure as their symptoms continue to improve in the months following the procedure.