Chronic acid reflux or frequent heartburn can often lead to a condition call Barrett’s esophagus. Over time, the lining in the esophagus will transform into the tissue that lines the stomach as stomach acid continually rises into the esophagus, this is called Barrett's esophagus. If left untreated, Barrett’s esophagus can lead to cancer of the esophagus.
Identifying Barrett’s Esophagus
Surgeons at Coliseum Northside Hospital are one of the first in the nation to use advanced endomicroscopy technology called Cellvizio to identify pre-cancerous and cancerous cells in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
The surgeons at Coliseum Northside Hospital are able to perform an “optical biopsy” in the patient’s esophagus to detect the presence of cancerous or pre-cancerous cells prior to anti-reflux surgery, and can use Cellvizio to monitor for recurrence of disease after the procedure is completed.
Treatment of Barrett’s Esophagus
Surgeons at Coliseum Northside Hospital can perform an ablation, freezing or heating of the of the pre-cancerous and cancerous tissue, no longer making it viable. This is performed using a tool called Halo that extends from an endoscope. Both the optical biopsy and ablation are non-invasive and are performed as an outpatient procedure at Coliseum Northside Hospital.