Stretta Therapy for Reflux
When patients suffer from chronic gastroesophageal or laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (GERD or LPRD) that is not well controlled with medications, or where long-term medications are not a viable option, Stretta is an alternative to surgery and implants. Stretta Therapy is a unique non-surgical outpatient procedure, performed transorally, that takes about an hour, with patients returning to normal activities within a few days.
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 40 clinical studies and 25,000+ procedures. Patients experience significant and lasting symptom relief from 4-10 years*.
Stretta provides a safe, easy, and effective treatment for my patients who cannot tolerate PPIs, do not have complete resolution of symptoms from a PPI, or simply don't want to pop a pill every morning for the rest of their lives. Having a minimally invasive option to offer these patients has been a God-send. While many of my patients hate taking pills, few are ready to jump under the scalpel. Stretta has provided the perfect intermediate option.
Taavi Reiss, MD
Bariatric surgery as a treatment modality for morbid obesity has proven to be very safe and effective; however, one of the few long term side effects that our patients suffer from is refractory GERD, including heartburn and regurgitation. Stretta has been our main line of treatment as a non-invasive endoscopic option for bariatric patients suffering from postoperative GERD. The use of Stretta in our practice helped us resolve one of the few issues we deal with on a daily basis: improved patient satisfaction, and allowed us to discontinue proton pump inhibitors postoperatively.
Maher El Chaar, MD, FACS, FASMBS
How Stretta Therapy Works
The Stretta system delivers low power, low temperature radiofrequency (RF) energy to the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle and gastric cardia. This energy remodels the tissue, resulting in improved barrier function and fewer random relaxations that cause reflux 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.
Stretta is by far the most widely studied minimally invasive treatment option for GERD – and has been proven safe and effective in more than 60 clinical studies and 25,000 procedures. Studies show that patients experience significant and lasting symptom relief from 4-10 years*, without the higher complication rates of surgery, or the higher costs.
* While clinical studies support the safety and effectiveness of Stretta for patients with chronic GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), individual results will vary from case to case and there are no guarantees of successful outcome.
Always consult your physician for diagnosis and appropriate treatment options for your condition. Information on this website should not be used as a substitute for consulting with a medical professional.
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.*
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 night’s sleep. His reflux episodes have been significantly reduced and he can rest easy because his afib has also resolved.*
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 Barrett’s 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.*
John 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 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.*
*The individual opinions expressed here are those of the featured Stretta patient and not those of Restech.These opinions should not be considered medical advice. You should ask your doctor about all treatment options along with their risks and benefits to determine if Stretta is an appropriate option for you. While clinical studies support the safety and effectiveness of Stretta for patients with chronic GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), individual results will vary from case to case and there are no guarantees of successful outcome.