The BÂRRX procedure was created by BÂRRX Medical, Inc. to relieve Barrett’s esophagus. Barrett’s esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition of the lining of the esophagus from chronic exposure of the esophagus to the gastric contents of the stomach caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as GERD.
Their procedure termed the HALO360 System is designed to treat and remove the diseased esophageal lining referred to as Barrett’s esophagus, without harming the underlying tissue layers.
The first part of the procedure involves sizing the esophagus for the ablation. A catheter is inserted into the esophagus with a balloon at the tip used in conjunction with the HALO360 Energy Generator to measure the diameter of the esophagus. This allows your physician to choose the appropriate ablation catheter.
Once the sizing balloon is removed, the HALO360 Ablation Catheter is introduced. The HALO360 Energy Generator and the ablation catheter work together to deliver a short burst of energy that is circumferential: 360 degrees. This burst of energy is delivered to a depth clinically proven to remove the diseased tissue while reducing the risk of injury to the deeper healthy tissue layers.
Patients should follow the discharge instructions provided by the physician or the nursing staff after the procedure to ensure limited time of discomfort and proper healing of the esophagus. Studies show that healthy tissue will re-grow on the treated area within one month.
Treatment for Barrett’s esophagus requires a follow-up appointment. The appointment will be scheduled by your physician’s office to conduct an upper endoscopy to inspect the treated area and determine if an additional treatment is necessary.
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