At Iredell Health System, we offer a nonsurgical procedure that allows
our physicians to examine your digestive tract, known as endoscopy. This
procedure is usually performed for those who may be at risk for esophagus
cancer or similar conditions that require surveillance of the digestive tract.
By inserting a tube with an attached camera and light (endoscope), we can
view pictures of your digestive tract on a monitor, getting a better understanding
of what is going on inside your body. Our physicians may need to order
an upper or lower gastrointestinal endoscopy or bronchoscopy, depending
on what type of gastrointestinal or pulmonary ailment you are suffering from.
Identifying Esophageal Cancer & Other Conditions
Endoscopic biopsy surveillance can be used to help assess a patients’
condition, especially if they are suffering from gastro esophageal reflux
disease, or GERD. This extended acid exposure can cause the cells in the
esophagus to be more vulnerable to cancer. Barrett’s esophagus disease
commonly results and is known to be a precursor to esophageal cancer.
Once an endoscopy is performed, a treatment plan must be devised if Barrett’s
is identified. As one of the fastest growing forms of cancer in America,
Iredell Health System takes our mission to fight against esophageal cancer
very seriously. That is why we are excited to offer a new, state-of-the-art
procedure that provides proactive treatment solutions for our patients.
Minimally Invasive Procedure for Esophageal Cancer
At Iredell Health System, we pride ourselves on offering compressive, award-winning
care to our patients. In response to our commitment to provide this exceptional
patient experience, we are excited to begin offering the most advanced,
non-surgical treatment for Barrett’s esophagus disease.
Though the typical solution is to simply monitor and make sure the disease
does not progress to cancer, using the
BARRX RFA System by Medtronic GI Solutions, we can now take a proactive approach to treating Barrett’s disease.
As an endoscope-mounted ablation system, it allows for uniformed and controlled
treatment that does not cause any injury to healthy tissues.
There are two main components that make up the system:
- Ablative energy generator
- Ablation catheter
The catheter has a small electrode that may be mounted on the end of an
endoscope or be inserted through the channel of the scope to get to the
esophageal anatomy. From there, the physician can direct the catheter
to the specific diseased area in the patient’s esophagus. While
the patient is sedated, the energy generator is then activated to deliver
bursts of controlled heat to remove less than a millimeter of the diseased
esophagus. By destroying pre-cancerous tissue in the lining of the esophagus,
this procedure paves the way for new, healthy tissue to grow back within
Have questions about this new, advanced procedure? Need to set up an appointment with us?
Contact Iredell Health System today for more information.