Posted 5/22/2014 6:25 AM (GMT -7)
Hi Again Pat -
Only your doctor can tell you the required time after Linx removal surgery and before Stretta. And yes Stretta has been studied in patients with LPR - 500 patient study from China -
Here is the link to the study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21542958
Please see a trained Stretta physician to determine if Stretta is an option for your GERD treatment.
See below for the safety information on Stretta:
INDICATIONS FOR USE: The Stretta System is intended for general use in the electrosurgical coagulation of tissue and intended for use specifically in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
CONTRAINDICATIONS: The use of electrosurgery is contraindicated when, in the judgment of the physician, electrosurgical procedures would be contrary to the best interest of the patient. The following is a list of patient groups in which the use of the Stretta System for the treatment of GERD is contraindicated: subjects under the age of 18, pregnant women, patients without a diagnosis of GERD, hiatal hernia >2cm, achalasia or incomplete LES relaxation in response to swallow, poor surgical candidates, ASA IV classification, Patient has an implant near the LES that could be conductive with RF energy
WARNINGS: These complications are rarely seen but could potentially occur with the use of electrosurgery for the treatment of GERD: transient bleeding, bloating, transient chest pain, transient difficulty belching, transient dysphagia, transient epigastric discomfort, transient esophageal mucosal laceration, transient fever, Injury to esophageal mucosa, perforation, pharyngitis, vomiting transient with potential for bleeding or Esophageal injury. If any vomiting occurs, contact your treating physician immediately. Excessive vomiting may result in perforation and more serious injury resulting in death. The following complications have not been seen, but could possibly occur infrequently: Achalasia, transient delayed gastric emptying, dental injury, dyspnea, infection, larynx injury, worsened GERD (Note: Consult physician or instructions for use for full contraindications, warnings and precautions).
Thank you for your question.
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