Learn about Radiofrequency Ablation Video

Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure used to treat Barretts esophagus. In a 45-minute procedure a balloon and a catheter with ablation electrodes are passed into the esophagus through an endoscope. Then in a very quick burst of radiofrequency en...
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What Is A Radiofrequency Ablation? For ablation the best study is perhaps radiofrequency ablation, this is about a 45-minute procedure where through the endoscope a balloon, which is sized to the individual's esophagus is inserted. Once the balloon catheter is sized a separate catheter with ablation electrodes are passed into the esophagus. And you know very quick burst of radiofrequency energy, it's about a one to two second burst of energy the lining of the esophagus is quickly retreated. We scrap off the lining, and than basically re-ablate and the patient typically requires about three to four of those treatments over time. If you look at the efficacy rates in the recent literature, this is been published actually in "The New England Journal of Medicine" the outcomes are quite effective for the removal of high-grade dysplasia in Barrett's esophagus. There was about an 81% response rate of one year and for the removal of low-grade dysplasia on Barrett's esophagus that was about 91%.

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