Is Stretta Safe for Curing Reflux

From a safety perspective, it is an extremely safe procedure because the device was designed to vigorously protect any damage to the tissue. There’s no damage to the surface or deeper tissues or the possibility of scarring. There’s no restriction or stricture that develops, but what does happen is the muscle becomes stiffer and stronger to resist the gastric pressure thereby preventing reflux from taking place. We see very, very few side effects from this procedure. The more common things that may happen following the procedure include: 1) in approximately 2 to 5% of patients, they may experience some mild chest pain that is usually treated easily with some oral pain medication and 2) some patients may develop what we call dyspepsia, or a feeling of fullness and bloating often with loss of appetite. This develops in between 5 and 8% of patients, and is usually gone two weeks after the procedure.

By the second or third week after the procedure, most people are beginning to already feel less reflux or if they’re still feeling reflux, it becomes less intense. This effect begins to grow and gets better and better and better as time goes on, up to approximately one year. The nice thing about the Stretta procedure compared to other anti-reflux procedures is that it does not require significant modification of diet or medication use afterwards. In fact, as soon as the procedure is over, you may begin immediately drinking fluids and eating soft foods. We ask that patients not eat food such as nuts or pretzels or chips, foods that are often not chewed very well before they’re swallowed.

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