What is Barrett’s Esophagus?
Barrett’s esophagus is a precancerous condition caused by chronic acid reflux or GERD. The acid that backs up from your stomach into your esophagus causes the esophagus lining to become severely irritated. This condition gives you an increased risk of developing cancer of the esophagus.
What are the Symptoms of Barrett’s Esophagus?
Although many people with Barrett’s esophagus have no signs or symptoms, you may have these symptoms of acid reflux disease or GERD:
- Frequent heartburn
- Difficulty swallowing food
- Less commonly, chest pain
If you are experiencing severe or frequent symptoms of acid reflux disease or have been regularly taking over-the-counter medication for heartburn for five consecutive years, call 307.635.4141 to make an appointment with one of the providers at Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne. We will diagnose your condition and talk to you about your risk for Barrett’s esophagus and the related treatment options. If you don’t treat the condition, you could develop complications leading to an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer.
How Do You Treat Barrett’s Esophagus?
Treatment varies depending on the degree of tissue damage in your esophagus. If the damage is minor, your provider may recommend treatment options similar to those of acid reflux disease, including lifestyle changes and prescription medications to reduce stomach acid. We may also recommend you have periodic endoscopy procedures to monitor the change in the lining of your esophagus. If you have the kind of damage that is believed to cause esophageal cancer, we may recommend treatments to remove the abnormal or damaged cells.
Our board-certified, experienced physicians at Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne strive to provide patients with the best treatment options available. Contact us today.
Learn More: Barrett’s Esophagus
Ready to Schedule an Appointment or Need More Information?
At Digestive Health Associates, our goal is to help you achieve and maintain an optimal level of digestive health.