Stretta® Therapy in Illinois
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What is Stretta therapy?
When a patient suffers from GERD and cannot tolerate or does not find relief for their symptoms through drug therapy, they are often given the difficult choice between having a foreign device implanted in their body or undergoing an invasive surgery for treatment. Those days are over with Stretta therapy, a minimally invasive procedure that greatly reduces GERD symptoms and minimizes or eliminates the need for proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). For more information on Stretta, please contact GI Alliance of Illinois to request a consultation at a Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, or Bloomington, IL, location near you.
How does Stretta therapy work?
Stretta therapy is a surgical procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to regenerate the muscle tissue of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The regeneration of this muscle helps to reduce the symptoms of GERD by minimizing the relaxations that occur at the site of the LES. The skilled gastroenterologists at GI Alliance of Illinois care about your GI health and want to offer you solutions that are as minimally invasive as possible. Stretta therapy in Illinois is an outpatient procedure that does not alter your anatomy or introduce a foreign object into your body and is generally completed in less than 60 minutes.
What are the advantages of Stretta?
Pervasive acid reflux or GERD can be very uncomfortable to live with and often can interfere with your enjoyment of daily activities. Stretta is a minimally invasive procedure that can help reduce acid reflux symptoms and make it easier to enjoy life. Some of the symptoms that Stretta helps to reduce include:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Persistent heartburn
Stretta uses radiofrequency energy to regenerate the muscle tissue that causes these symptoms. Stretta can also help to reduce the tissue damage that leads to esophageal cancer and Barrett's esophagus. To find out how Stretta therapy might benefit you and reduce your acid reflux symptoms, please request a consultation with a GI Alliance of Illinois provider in your area.
What are the risks of Stretta?
As with all medical procedures, there are some risks associated with Stretta therapy including:
- Bloating or gas
- Gastroparesis, or food staying in the stomach for longer than it should
- A reaction to anesthesia
- Erosive esophagitis, or irritation of the throat caused by the Stretta tube
- Esophageal perforation, or injury to the throat caused by the Stretta tube
At GI Alliance of Illinois, we strive to make every procedure as comfortable as possible. If you have further questions about this procedure, feel free to ask your provider during your one-on-one consultation.
Minimally invasive prevention of acid reflux
GI Alliance of Illinois understands the frustration and inconvenience of persistent acid reflux and how invasive GERD can be in your daily life. There is no longer a need to live with the discomfort and pain that is holding you back when there is a solution like Stretta therapy in Illinois to help ease your symptoms. Request a consultation today with one of our providers at GI Alliance of Illinois to determine if Stretta is the right solution for you.
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