The Stretta Procedure is it for Reflux
When thinking of types of therapy, it’s convenient to think of a particular therapy based upon the anatomy. When we think about the internal sphincter of the lower esophageal sphincter, there really is only one therapy available these days, and that’s known as the Stretta procedure. This is a procedure that’s been around since the year 2000, and it was developed specifically to not damage tissue, but to rather reinforce tissue. What the Stretta procedure does is, through an endoscopically directed catheter, radio-frequency energy is directed into the lower portion of the esophagus where the intrinsic lower esophageal sphincter resides in the wall of the esophagus. By shooting the radio-frequency energy into the esophageal muscle, the muscle begins to heat. The molecules will vibrate, creating some heat, and this causes a stimulus effect with regeneration of the tissue.
What we see over a very short period of time, beginning at two weeks, and extending upwards of 12 to 13 months after the procedure, is the muscle fibers and the muscle within each muscle fiber bundle will begin to increase in size, resulting in a net increase in the strength. Think of a weightlifter who lifts weights for a long period of time, and as their muscles begin to grow, the strength of the muscle begins to grow.
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