Stretta therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that significantly reduces GERD symptoms, allowing the majority of patients to eliminate or largely 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 doesn’t require any incisions, stitches or implants.
How Stretta Works
The Stretta system delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy to the muscle between the stomach and esophagus, which remodels and improves the muscle tissue, resulting in improved barrier function and fewer reflux events. Stretta treats the underlying problem that may cause GERD without surgery.
RF energy is an energy waveform which is used in many medical specialties:
Cardiologists use RF to stop dangerous heart rhythms
Urologists use RF for treating prostate enlargement
Ear, nose, and throat specialists use RF to eliminate snoring and sleep apnea
RF is used in cosmetic procedures for body contouring, skin rejuvenation and tightening
Stretta is by far the most widely studied minimally invasive treatment option for GERD – and has been proven safe and effective in more than 34 clinical studies and 20,000 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.
Clinical trials evaluating the Stretta procedure show:
Up to 93% patient satisfaction
86% of patients remained off daily GERD medications at four years
Improved GERD symptom scores
Improved Quality of Life
Reduced acid exposure
Regression of Barretts Esophagus
An improvement in Extra-esophageal symptoms of GERD
Coughing, asthma, hoarseness, respiratory and laryngeal symptoms
A significant reduction in the amount of reflux episodes