WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Patients may experience chest discomfort, pain, and difficulty swallowing for several days after the procedure, all of which are managed with medications provided by your physician. In clinical trials, these symptoms typically resolved within 3-4 days. Patients are provided with anti-acid medications to promote healing of the treated esophagus and replacement of the diseased Barrett’s tissue with a normal, healthy esophagus lining.
It is very important that a patient follows the discharge instructions provided by his or her physician or the nursing staff after the procedure to ensure limited time of discomfort and ensure proper healing of the esophagus. Clinical studies show that regrowth of healthy tissue occurs within one month in the treated area.
A follow-up appointment is scheduled within 2-3 months to assess the response to treatment. If there remains any residual Barrett’s tissue, additional therapy may be recommended.
Clinical studies have demonstrated the Barrett’s tissue can be completely eliminated with the HALO Ablation technology in 98.4% of patients.
HOW IS GERD MANAGED AFTER A SUCCESSFUL ABLATION?
Successful elimination of the Barrett’s esophagus tissue does not cure pre-existing GERD or the associated symptoms. Your physician will guide the patient regarding long-term GERD therapy.