Stretta Therapy is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that takes approximately 60 minutes to perform. Patients are sedated and the Stretta Catheter is passed through the mouth, so there are no incisions or scars as a result of the procedure. Patients typically go home 1-2 hours after Stretta Therapy, and are able to return to work and normal activities the day after treatment.
How Stretta works
1. The physician places the Stretta catheter through the patient’s mouth and into the valve between the stomach and esophagus.
2. Radiofrequency energy is delivered at multiple levels to the muscle of the lower esophageal sphincter and gastric cardia to remodel the tissue.
3. This has been shown to improve barrier function and motility, resulting in fewer transient relaxations of this muscle that are known to cause GERD. Clinical studies show improvement in GERD symptoms, acid exposure, and elimination or reduction of the use of heartburn medications.