How Does Stretta Treat Gerd?
Stretta therapy is a minimally invasive, endoscopic procedure that significantly reduces GERD symptoms, allowing a majority of patients to eliminate or significantly decrease use of PPIs. Stretta is an outpatient procedure performed in less than 60 minutes, allowing patients to return to normal activities the following day.
Stretta is the only widely studied minimally invasive treatment option for GERD – and has been proven safe and effective in more than 33 clinical studies and 20,000 procedures. Patients experience significant and lasting symptom relief from 4-10 years.
How Stretta works
The Stretta system delivers low power, low temperature radiofrequency (RF) energy to the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle and gastric cardia, which remodels the tissue, resulting in improved barrier function and fewer random relaxations that cause GERD symptoms.
Stretta treats the functional problem that may cause GERD, a deficient sphincter muscle.
RF energy has been shown to thicken the musculature and increase the size and amount of smooth muscle fibers in the treatment zone. The result is a measurable strengthening of the LES and a reduction in transient LES relaxations, without stricture or fibrosis. Studies show this effect may repair the deficient sphincter and restore the natural barrier function of the EGJ.