Barrets, why not ablation?

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theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 8/20/2011 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
As I understand it a high amount of cases (although not all), can be cured with HALO ablation. So my question is, for those with Barrets who have not looked into/done ablation, why have you not done so?

It is something I'll talk to my dr. about in a week. I think I read at one point that there is a small risk it will cover up an area of Barrets, making it invisible (but still present). In that sense I guess there is a risk that you could be worse off, still having Barrets (and not knowing it)...but I am not sure how true this is.

Interesting to know I guess. If I had low grade dysplasia I might not consider ablation due to this reason, but my gut feeling is if I had any Barrets in the future I'd try to get ablation asap...is there info out there I am missing?

sunbeam48
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   Posted 8/20/2011 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I also have Barret's. I believe it does not always progress, so why have unnecessary surgery?

mock turtle
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   Posted 8/20/2011 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
right now i have barrets metaplasia

im getting scoped every two years

id like to go for surgery after i pay off a few medical bills and other expenses...if i can hold out

if the metaplasia becomes low or high grade dysplasia then all bets are off an i would defiitely go for RF ablation as quickly as i could get it

if i ablate the barretts metaplasia today...then, lets say two years from now,, if i were to go for surgery, and the docs found the barretts is back then i would have to go for ablation all over again!

thats why im watchful waiting for now

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 8/20/2011 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mockturtle,

Thanks for the info. I thought there was only low grade and high grade dysplasia. Is metaplasia the first stage of three then? Your response has helped me understand this a bit. So with metaplasia like you have, does it need to progress through low and high grade before ever becoming cancer? thanks@!

mock turtle
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   Posted 8/21/2011 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
theacidrefluxman you are welcome

yes three stages and usually progresses one step at a time , but im not prepared to say it never "jumps", just ive read and been told those with metaplasia have time, and those with low grade dysplasia need to prepare to act.....high grade dysplasia, act now

i highly recommend the wikipedia article on barretts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrett's_esophagus

best wishes to you

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/22/2011 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I have barretts also and while discussing the options of my redo nissen on wednesday my surgeon asked specifically if they had found any displasia. his actions with me already having 2 niissens would have been to replace my esophagus if any displasia was found. but i have had 2 nissens and a tOrn esophagus that was slow to heal.
Take care
Bill
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