Stretta Anti-Reflux Radiofrequency Procedure
Stretta therapy involves the use of radiofrequency energy to tighten the oesophagus sphincter muscle.
The lower oesophageal sphincter muscle (near where the stomach meets the oesophagus) is treated with a special radiofrequency catheter, which remodels the tissue in order to improve the barrier function, reducing the unpleasant symptoms of reflux.
This is carried out as an outpatient procedure. Patients can usually return to normal activities the following day.
- The physician places the Stretta catheter through the patient’s mouth and into the valve between the stomach and oesophagus.
- Radiofrequency energy is delivered to the muscle of the lower oesophageal sphincter and gastric cardia to create small thermal lesions.
- Over time, the lesions heal and the tissue contracts.
- Patients may experience pain immediately after Stretta Therapy, which in most cases can be managed with over the counter liquid painkillers
- Refrain from using NSAIDS for 2 weeks after the Stretta procedure
- Crush all medications or use liquid medications for at least one month after treatment
- Avoid any instrumentation of the oesophagus for at least one month after treatment
Post-procedure dietary advice will be given as follows:
- Follow a modified liquid diet for 24 hours after the procedure
- Soft diet for 2 weeks
- Continue any previous anti-reflux diet/advice for 2 months after Stretta