GERD or acid reflux disease may be controlled by a variety of approaches and Barrett's esophagus avoided.
For those diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus, there are a number of options that can be used to manage the disease.
Preventing Barrett's Esophagus When Diagnosed with GERD
Prevention is the best treatment approach for GERD. Left untreated, it can result in Barrett's Esophagus. Prevention treatment approaches to control acid reflux include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Changes in diet
When Barrett's Esophagus is suspected, an endoscopic examination can confirm the condition with an accurate diagnosis.
Disease Management Options for Those Diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus
One treatment option is a periodic endoscopic examination of the esophagus and biopsies (physical or optical) to look for changes and abnormal cells (dysplasia) that can develop in Barrett's Esophagus.
Surgical removal of the esophagus
Removal of the esophagus may be necessary when Barrett's Esophagus shows evidence of cancer. However with advances in endoscopic techniques, more common approaches for patients with high-grade dysplasia and early cancer utilize endoscopic therapy rather than surgery.
Several endoscopic methods are used for treating Barrett's Esophagus and associated dysplasia or early cancer, during or immediately following the diagnostic workup. Optical biopsy with Cellvizio can assist in identifying the exact area to be treated, in picking the right treatment modality and to check that a treatment had the expected results, during follow-up. These endoscopic treatment methods include: