After the Procedure
It is very important that you follow the discharge instructions provided by your doctor or the nursing staff. There are steps you must take to ensure a favorable outcome and to manage your acid reflux. Your doctor will help you:
- understand possible symptoms that may arise as a result of your treatment and how to treat those symptoms;
- evaluate your response to the therapy;
- monitor results over time.
Symptoms after treatment
You may experience chest discomfort, pain, and difficulty swallowing for several days after the procedure. These symptoms can all be managed with medications and will usually go away within three or four days.
Your doctor will prescribe antacid medications to help the healing of the esophagus. For most people, healthy tissue replaces the diseased tissue within three or four weeks.
If you seek care for a digestive issue from any other healthcare provider in the six months following the procedure, the doctor who did the RFA procedure should be consulted.
Contact your physician immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Significant chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Other warning signs provided by the treating physician
After your RFA treatment, your doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment within two to three months to evaluate your progress. If any remaining Barrett's tissue is found, additional therapy may be recommended. Clinical studies have demonstrated that Barrett's tissue can be eliminated with RFA in more than 98% of patients.
Regular monitoring of people diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus is recommended even after RFA therapy. This includes having an upper endoscopy with biopsies on a regular basis for the rest of your life. Your doctor will determine how often you should be evaluated based on the kind of Barrett's esophagus you had.
Acid reflux treatment
Successful elimination of the Barrett's esophagus tissue does not cure the acid reflux or GERD that caused Barrett's. Your doctor will determine how to best manage your long-term acid reflux therapy.
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