Bob had chronic sleep apnea, and the exhaustion caused by lack of sleep, triggered symptoms of atrial fibrillation (afib). After multiple trips to sleep and heart specialists, he turned to his Gastroenterologist. The underlying cause of his problems turned out to be silent reflux, he was regurgitating from his esophagus up into his throat all night long. Bob had a Stretta procedure 13 months ago and now gets a good nights sleep. His reflux episodes have been significantly reduced and he can rest easy because his afib has also resolved.
Sharon, a single mother, had severe chest pains caused by GERD. Medications didn’t completely resolve her symptoms so her doctors suggested the Stretta procedure. Sharon had her first Stretta, which reduced her symptoms for several years with the aid of medications. She had her second Stretta approximately five years later and is now off all medications for her reflux.
Kathleen had chronic GERD for years, she couldn’t enjoy her favorite foods and constant coughing and clearing her throat affected her speaking presentations as a corporate trainer. Medications helped but did not resolve her symptoms and Kathleen was concerned about the effects of long-term PPI use, specifically osteoporosis, she didn’t want to have any kind of surgery. Kathleen had her Stretta procedure a couple years ago and is now off the medications and enjoys the Mexican food she missed for so long.
John is now 71 years old and suffered with severe GERD symptoms since he was 25. He was taking prescription medications and when those still didn’t work, he turned to anti-reflux surgery. After two failed surgeries, his gastroenterologist introduced him to a new procedure called Stretta. Now, more than 10-years after his Stretta procedure John is symptom free, and the Barretts Esophagus that was caused by his chronic, uncontrolled GERD has also regressed.
Jessica had symptoms of chronic reflux starting at the age of nine. She regurgitated over 100 times a day, she became malnourished and isolated herself from social functions. When medications didn’t help, doctors told her it was “all in her head”…it wasn’t. Jessica finally found doctors who would listen and were able to diagnose her chronic GERD and offer the Stretta solution. Now, a year later Jessica tells her story, and talks about how having Stretta allowed her to begin a new life.
Sandy coughed all the time and chronic laryngitis lowered her voice to a whisper, making it difficult to even talk on the phone. She never knew she had GERD until her dentist noticed acid erosion of her teeth. The chronic GERD also led to Barretts Esophagus. She was interested in a less invasive option than surgery. Sandy had a Stretta procedure a year ago, she has significantly lowered her medications and has seen an improvement to her voice and other silent reflux symptoms.
Jenny had chronic symptoms of reflux for three years that were uncontrolled with medications. Her GERD symptoms affected many aspects of her life, going out to dinner, exercising, socializing and even singing in the choir became difficult. She saw a nutritionist and tried several prescription medications, but none of them resolved her symptoms. Her gastroenterologists introduced her to the Stretta procedure. Jenny chose Stretta because she was concerned about the side effects of long-term PPIs and did not want to have surgery. Three months after her Stretta procedure, Jenny is off her medications and enjoying life again.
Published on Jun 24, 2015 This special presentation at Digestive Disease Week 2015 featured GERD experts weighing in on their successful experience using Stretta Therapy to treat challenging patient populations suffering from GERD.
Ronnie Fass, MD, of Case Western Reserve University moderated the discussion, and reviewed clinical data on Stretta. Expert panelists then addressed specific types of chronic GERD patients that Stretta has helped them treat.
Dana Portenier, MD, Duke University School of Medicine Stretta in GERD After Bariatric Surgery Hiroshi Mashimo, MD, PhD VA Boston Healthcare/Harvard Medical School Stretta in LPR Patients George Triadafilopoulos, MD Stanford University School of Medicine Stretta in Refractory GERD
Mark Noar, MD, Heartburn and Reflux Study Center Stretta in GERD After Anti-Reflux Surgery
More info on Stretta Therapy: http://stretta-therapy.com/ Safety: http://www.stretta-therapy.com/safety
Frequently Asked Questions – Am I a Stretta Candidate? What to expect after a Stretta procedure? http://www.stretta-therapy.com/