One area I specialize in is evaluation of Barrett’s esophagus, and multi-modality therapeutic endoscopy options and applications. I attempt to individualize treatment to suit the patient.
Barrett’s Esophagus is a condition in which stomach acid from the stomach reflux into the esophagus and alter the lining from the junction of the stomach and the esophagus, known as the gastro-esophageal junction and upwards into the esophagus.
Everyone has heartburn occasionally. Heartburn occurs when the acid in your stomach reflux into the bottom of your esophagus. There are a number of reasons for this, and in most cases, a few simple lifestyle changes, and perhaps some medication, alleviate the condition, and it goes away.
Prolonged and recurring bouts of acid reflux that is known as heartburn may cause the lining of your esophagus to change in response to the erosive action of the gastric juices. The lining begins to adapt to this condition. Unfortunately, this change in the lining can also be a precursor to malignancy (esophageal cancer). Barrett’s Esophagus is a condition that must be monitored and treated.