Once the cell changes of Barrett's esophagus occur, the changes are permanent. The goal of treatment is to prevent further damage by stopping the reflux of acid from the stomach. Treatment may include:
The following types of medications may be prescribed:
blockers, such as:
Proton pump inhibitors, such as:
If the disease is severe or the medication is unsuccessful, your doctor may recommend surgery. Surgical options may include:
- Fundoplication —part of the upper stomach is wrapped around the esophagus; this is done to reduce further damage caused by GERD
- Esophagectomy—removal of the Barrett's segment of the esophagus
- Ablation of the abnormal lining by several methods—photodynamic therapy (PDT), argon plasma coagulation (APC), multipolar electrocoagulation (MPEC), heater probes, lasers, cryotherapy, and radiofrequency ablation (Most of these techniques are investigational, except for PDT.)
Your doctor may recommend endoscopy about (or at least) every 1-3 years to monitor the esophagus for early signs of cancer. This recommendation must be individualized for each person.
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