Stretta is an endoscopic procedure for the treatment of gastric reflux, or gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD). It works by delivering radiofrequency energy in the form of electromagnetic waves emitted from a catheter that sits inside the lower esophageal sphincter. The waves heat the sphincter, causing it to swell and stiffen. The tighter sphincter leads to a decrease in gastric reflux symptoms. Stretta is a great option for those suffering from gastric reflux and who would rather not be treated surgically. Stretta is an out-patient procedure done under general anesthesia. Patients require some 2-3 days of convalescence afterwards.
For a more reliable method of treating GERD, patients may be interested in a Nissen Fundoplication.
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